(Photo courtesy of Saint Asonia)
I will be honest, I did a party foul. I did not show up for the opening acts like I usually plan to do. I did manage to get in enough time to see The Joy Arson. The set wasn't too bad, but ultimately fell flat for my taste, and quickly moved to the bar and merch section. Not everyone felt the same way I did though, as many people (who I assumed were friends, family, and fans) crowded around the stage to snap some pics.
Saint Asonia hit the stage around 10pm from my memory. The group started out with their single "Better Place", before jumping into other hit tracks like "Fairy Tale", and "Happy Tragedy". Before the set, I was contemplating how their show would go. Knowing that this band JUST put out their debut single, I was wondering how they planned to be a headliner and have enough material to fill the set. And of course to the pleasure of my ears, Adam and Mike grabbed a few tracks from their old band and threw them into the mix. Three Days Grace songs "Animal I Have Become", and "I Hate Everything About You" were thrown into the set list; as well as Staind's "Mudshovel", and "For You". Being that I have never seen Staind in concert before, this was as close as I was getting...putting a smile on my face from ear to ear.
After only hearing a few tracks, I leaned over to my girlfriend and stated "this has got to be one of the best sounding shows I've ever heard at The Phoenix". Every instrument was crisp, clean, and distinct. The vocals seemed muddy only for a few seconds, before getting back on track. I had to give an applause when Saint Asonia gave recognition to their sound and light staff. They did an exceptional job, and hopefully are with them for years of touring.
So all in all, if you have not had the chance to check out these guys, you can get some basic info from my previous Saint Asonia article.
Hopefully this has you picking up tickets when they make another appearance in your neighbourhood. Their live performances are high energy, tight sounding, and FUN! I don't remember the last time I left a show and did not stop talking about it for the next hour or so. Here's hoping there is more to come from Saint Asonia!