Concert Review + Photos: Powerglove at the Palladium in Worcester, MA
The No Survivors Tour began in earnest on May 18, 2012 at the Palladium in Worcester, MA. A variety of artists filled out the roster, ranging from electronica to extreme metal to good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. Unlike most metal and rock shows, however, this tour attracted a much different type of audience: it was mainly comprised of hardcore video game fans and hipsters. (There was also a random contingent of dudebros who saw fit to chant “Yes! Yes!” over and over again throughout the night. Figure that one out.)
First on the docket was Protean Collective, a local doom-tinged hard rock outfit. They didn’t get to play for long, but their skills were impressive for a new band on the scene. Their music could appeal to a wide variety of audiences, too, so I see them doing well on the small club and bar circuit.
Danimal Cannon followed with a unique blend of chiptunes and metal, but this wasn’t just some generic techno setup; his music comes from Nintendo Game Boys running LSDJ software, overlaid with live guitar playing. A few songs ventured close to dubstep territory, but Danimal Cannon’s impressive shredding set it far apart from the pack. You don’t often hear that with electronica, even amongst the indie crowd.
The Protomen likely had the most fans in attendance, as nearly everyone in the audience was able to shout lyrics along with the alt-indie-rock band. Their eight members (decked out in otherworldly face paint and costumes) wove a sweeping tale of rock and dystopia based on the Mega Man franchise of video games, which really riled up the crowd. They weren’t afraid to mix things up, however; their cover of the classic Queen/Bowie track “Under Pressure” was noteworthy indeed.
About halfway through the Protomen’s set, the stench of nerds was getting a little thick. Seriously, it started to smell like a comic book convention in there. I hate to resort to negative stereotypes, but unfortunately, many of those in attendance did nothing but reinforce them. The usual rude hipsters were one thing, but that foul reek was a public health hazard. I relocated to the venue’s upper floor in order to escape the unwashed.
But I digress. Capping off the night was the arrival of Powerglove, who opened with the Final Fantasy VI overworld theme before moving right into the main title from the 1990s X-Men cartoon. Powerglove covers songs from classic video games, television shows, and movies, but they expand their arrangements to include many original parts. The insanity came fast and furious, both in musical form and in the band’s onstage antics. For example, during “Metal Kombat for the Mortal Man,” Powerglove handed out inflatable weapons to the folks in the front row, and demanded that they do battle in time with the music. Powerglove are big Mega Man fans just like the Protomen, so naturally a few selections from that venerated series showed up. The response was so enthusiastic to their Final Fantasy IV medley “Red Wings over Baron” that Powerglove decided to play the rest of their Final Fantasy arrangements, as well. The gentlemen standing to my left were a bit too enthusiastic about the Final Fantasy VII pieces in particular, but I guess that’s to be expected.
Polishing off their set with speed metal renditions of the Pokémon and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers themes, Powerglove brought the house down. If this show was any indication, the No Survivors Tour is off to a great start. There’s an act for everyone on the bill, so don’t miss it when they roll into your town.
For more on Powerglove, check out our interview with Nick Avila pre-show here.
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