I ventured to my first show at the Windbreak here in Fargo, ND Wednesday night and honestly my initial thought was “Why?”. A bar next door to a truck stop, with paper thin walls adjacent to the stop’s restaurant doesn’t seem like the ideal location for a rock concert. Anyone parked hoping to catch a quick nap was in for a rough time when Adelitas Way rolled in with Savage After Midnight and Taking Dawn.
Taking Dawn, the Las Vegas “fret-melters” as they describe themselves on their facebook, kicked off the night. Literally. I hadn’t yet experienced a group as rowdy as these four. Blasting heavy metal reminiscent of the late 80’s, they came running through the room from the front doors vice entering from back stage. Their enthusiasm could easily have been mistaken for rage as they whipped their hair around on stage and thrashed violently while playing. They were all over the room, heckling those in their seats to get on their feet. I was sitting at the bar during their set and was taken aback when frontman Chris Babbitt hopped on the bar top, still shredding on his guitar. These antics easily made Taking Dawn the most entertaining, to say the least.
Now that everyone was on their toes, next to rattle the room was Savage After Midnight. Their performance rivaled the headliner’s, it being high energy and completely engaging. They brought the fans close to the stage with their post-metal alternative grind, their music being fun and easy to get in to. Their hard rock cover of Alanis Morissette’s “You Outta Know” had the whole crowd bopping and singing along. Though the stage was small, the five members made the most of it, not holding still a single moment. Savage After Midnight is versatile enough to reach variety of listeners with the blend of clean and growling vocals, heavy guitar riffs and electronic beats.