Of Temples was playing their final show as a band, and it was held on Saturday night at Bar Le Ritz PDB. For the amount of fans that they have in general, it was probably too small.
The first band of the night was Find the Missing Word. I noticed that there were two drum sets on stage, and got really confused as to why. Turns out, it’s just how all the bands played before Of Temples went on, but it gave less room for the other bands to use the stage. The guitarists of Find the Missing Word kept jumping off the stage into the crowd and playing from there, which was basically the only energy that this band had. On another note, props to the drummer for wearing an Of Mice & Men shirt.
Up next was Join the Conspiracy, and their vocalist was the best part of the band. His vocal range was interesting to say the least. He would go from high pitched screams to lower screams, which is what, in my opinion, kept the music from being simple, repetitive, and boring. I’m not saying their music itself is boring , but had they stuck to one vocal style, it would have sounded like every other band. The fact that he switched back and forth is what kept me interested.
Obliterate took to the stage next, and damn was I happy with what I heard. They’re a heavy band with a tight drummer, and they have a lot of spastic energy that radiated into the audience. Andrew, from Of Temples, did some guest vocals for one of their songs. The band is really talented, and they have a lot of chemistry together. Aside from Of Temples, I would say that they were my favorite band of the night.
Lost Creation was a band I had seen once before. They were good that time, but this time they were even better. They played songs like “Slaves” and “House of Cards,” which seemed to be a crowd favorite. The band looked like they were having fun on stage, despite tripping over wires, and having a beer thrown at them by an audience member. Looking forward to seeing them play again in the future.
Of Temples closed the show, giving their final performance as a band. I’ve been following this band since the very beginning when they played their first show, and they have definitely come a long way since then. I’ll be sad to see them part ways. The crowd they had was a lot less energetic than the crowds they’ve had in the past, but regardless, they played all their fan favorite songs such as “Kinship,” “Circles,” and “The Decline.” After having a heartfelt moment and group hug, they were asked to do an encore, and so they played one of their oldest songs, “Acrimony.”
Written and Photographed Shannon Fong