Who: Immersion: Part 1 – Starset Grabbitz, Year of the Locust, Fathom Farewell
Where: Palladium, Worcester, Massachusetts
When: January 30, 2018
Starset – Immersion: Part 1 landed at the Palladium in Worcester, MA on January 30 for the second day of tour. Before even entering the venue, I could see that there were lots of fans wearing Starset shirts. Knowing that Starset is an experience, I was really excited to see them live for the first time.
Local band Fathom Farewell started the night off. Fronted by Alex Cohen, the band’s lineup has changed significantly from the last time I saw them when they opened for Sevendust in June; bassist Jared Moore, guitarist Brandon Hursey, and drummer Kyle Shays are the new additions. Fathom Farewell played a good mix of older tracks as well as some brand new ones and had plenty of love from all of their local fans in the audience. Their sound was really good and the new musicians did a great job. I was actually really impressed by bassist Moore, who stole the show in my opinion. He engaged with the audience and was one of the strongest bass players I’ve seen.
The first band on the tour to get on stage was Year Of The Locust, who ended up being my favorite new band of the night. Their vocalist came down into the photo pit and started pumping the crowd up while the rest of the band was working on finishing their setup and soundcheck, which is the first time I’ve seen something like that at a show. It was just a taste of how fun and energetic their set would be. From the minute they stepped on stage, they got the energy up. The hard rock group from New York gave a great performance despite the sound issues that seemed to pervade the entire night. They are a band that I will definitely check out again.
Grabbitz was up next. Grabbitz is a DJ and his music veers more towards EDM than rock. While it’s not my taste, I have to commend him. His mic was giving him a lot of feedback and he pushed through it. Even worse, around the middle of the third or fourth song, his music just stopped. His mic was still working, so he started chatting with the fans and decided to recite a verse from one of his songs that is usually rapped. By the time he was done, the audience loved him and his music was turned back on. He did a great job of saving the moment and gave an A+ performance.
I’ve never seen Starset live, but I have seen videos and heard great things about their performance so I was psyched. I am very glad to say that the videos are nothing in comparison to seeing them live. The spacesuits were awesome, the lighting was fantastic, and the music was extraordinary. They performed a lot of their new songs – I got to hear “Die For You” live so I was really happy – but they of course also played “My Demons.” Their show was a feast for the eyes, but the music was great as well. They delivered a great show without sacrificing the quality of the music and there was really nothing more I could ask for from their performance. I am already looking forward to seeing Starset again and hope that I do not have to wait too long.
Post and photos by Karen Shalev
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