The gang at 100.3 The X have become masters at putting together some of the best shows to hit the Treasure Valley, and the best part, they are always free events. Friday night at the Knitting Factory served as another example of how much The X truly rocks as 100.3 brought Adelitas Way, Lacey Sturm, and Stitched Up Heart back to Boise. The house was packed, and with barely room to move about.
The show kicked off with local favorites Half the World who debuted a new line-up, a new look, and a new name–Vindicata. New guitarist Jake Chapple joins the core of vocalist Mary McGill, bassist Mat Hansen, drummer Pete Weaver, and guitarist Brett Pederson. Inspired by Ghost and Maria Brink of In This Moment, McGill has embraced a more theatrical visage. The band delivered a set of new material that included the tracks, “The Myth”, “See You Broken”, “Disciple”, and a cover of Rammstein’s “Ich Tu Dir Weh”. The band’s new sound includes more of a Euro-metal vibe, including program orchestra-synth. Vindicata’s premiere showcased a heavier more rhythmic style. The only downside to the set was the extremely low volume on McGill’s vocals through much of the performance.
Hollywood’s Stitched Up Heart hit the stage next, cranking out its monster hit, “Finally Free” to open the set. Vocalist Mixi Demner wowed the crowd with her voice and charisma, owning every moment of her performance. Drummer James Decker pummeled the kit with maniacal glee, while bassist Randy Mathias and guitarists Merritt Goodwin Nick Bedrosian helped liven the crowd with their own energized performances. The band played in Boise a few months ago with Like a Storm, and the fans certainly remembered them fondly. Stitched Up Heart will release its debut album, Never Alone, on June 17 through Another Century Records. Fans were treated to several songs from the forthcoming release including; “Turn You On”, “Catch Me When I Fall”, “Now That You’re Gone”, “Monster”, and the title track. Check out our recent interview with Mixi.
Lacey Sturm made her long-awaited Boise return Friday night. The former Flyleaf vocalist is back with her debut solo effort, Life Screams, an album more personal and perhaps heavier than her past works. She gave fans a heavy dose of Life Screams churning out tracks like “Impossible”, “The Soldier”, “Rot”, and “I’m Not Laughing”. She also teased fans with a couple of Flyleaf hits; “Chasm” and “All Around Me”. To the delight of fans, Sturm also tuned up her song “Heavy Prey” from the Underworld: Awakening soundtrack. The crowd seemed ecstatic to have Lacey back again.
Las Vegas based rockers, Adelitas Way, have long been Boise favorites. This winter the band self-released its fourth studio effort, Getaway. As the band always does, it took the stage determined to shake the Knit’s foundations and send fans home sweaty and smiling. They managed to do both. Frontman and founder Rick DeJesus whipped the crowd into a frenzy as the band tore through a set heavy with tracks from its sophomore album Home School Valedictorian, including the opening songs, “Sick” and “Criticize”, as well as “Alive”, “Hurt”, “Collapse”, and “Cage the Beast”. From the new record the guys tuned up; “Bad Reputation”, “Filthy Heart”, and the title track. They also returned to their debut album for “Dirty Little Thing”, and the show closer, “Invincible” Drummer Tre Stafford anchored a tight performance, giving guitarist Robert Zakaryan and bassist Andrew Cushing plenty of room to breathe and fill the space with melodic riffs and rumbling rhythms.
The X did it again, bringing another fantastic show to Boise. Likewise the fans showed their thanks, packing the house before the first band even hit the stage. The Knitting Factory staff were, as always, gracious and professional. Huge thanks to Gary, Brett and the entire Knit crew.