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Groezrock 2006 - Aiden, Silverstein, Taking Back Sunday, Thrice
Last year at Groezrock you were able to see great bands play like From Autumn To Ashes, Coheed and Cambria, Lagwagon and Boy Sets Fire. They had a great line-up for a one-day festival. This year they decided to make a different approach. They’ve split the festival up in two days. Friday was for the emo(metal)core lovers and Saturday was for the hardcore punkers.

Fridays line-up:
Say Anything
Aiden
Silverstein
Underoath
Goldfinger
Thrice
Taking Back Sunday


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Fridays line-up:

Say Anything
Aiden
Silverstein
Underoath
Goldfinger
Thrice
Taking Back Sunday


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Fridays line-up:

Say Anything
Aiden
Silverstein
Underoath
Goldfinger
Thrice
Taking Back Sunday


Unfortunately we were a bit late at the festival, so we mist the first band Say Anything. A bit unlucky. On the other hand, the policemen in Belgium who asked us if we had anything to report or were in possession of any kind of drugs, were so nice to believe us. Even though they stood there with machine guns. Later we heard that a friend of us had a full body search (not with the gloves though) and that they had searched his car with dogs and everything. So we didn’t really bother that we missed Say Anything. I  had never heard or seen them play before so I’m not really aware of what I’ve mist. And besides that, the bands that we came for still had to play, so no harm’s done!

The first band we saw was Aiden. Scary guys with their gothic looks. I’ve seen them play before at the W2 in Den Bosch (Netherlands) and it looked like they did exactly the same show here at Groezrock. Me and my friends had a conversation about the way Aiden performs. I’m not really into their music (sort of punk/gothicrock) but they do put on a show. At least, their leadsinger Will is one crazy mofo..Then you have this bassplayer that just walks from left to right the stage a thousand times during one show. A drummer that flicks his sticks all the time that makes you think he cannot drum without it. All together it looks a bit ‘made’. They also ended up exactly the same as the show in Den Bosch. With that ‘put your arms around your neighbor, cause these are the guys you grow up with, these are your friends, now help me sing…’ etc etc. Well, they do make contact with the audience. And as long as they seem to enjoy it……

Then Silverstein got the chance to do their thing. They seemed to be friends with Aiden as Aiden’s leadsinger joined Silverstein with their last song. A great band who played an awesome set with lots of songs from their latest album ‘Discovering The Waterfront’.

And than Underoath started their set. Christian dudes who know how to rock. Now why should I mention that they are Christian? Because they also did. Maybe that’s why they use a sample of a choir in one of their songs. Or just because it sounds cool? Because it does! They play a great combo of heavy rock style with metal influences and still keep it melodic. Too bad the sound was a bit blurry. It seems that day was a bad ‘sound’ day cause from that moment it didn’t get any better.

Time for me to relaxe a little bit. Goldfinger came up and it seemed to bore me a bit too much. Not because they suck but it’s not my thing. A combination between ska, punk and power pop with a fine show was what they had to offer. I can totally imagine why the management of Groezrock put Goldfinger in their line-up. This band made me feel like I was on Lowlands again. They make a hell of a party. And besides that, it keeps your audience happy as they keep the variety in the line-up. For me it was a perfect timing to give my legs some rest as I already stood for hours.
 
And a good thing that I took these 20 minutes of rest. When Thrice was going to perform next, we wanted a good place with a good view on the stage. So we were there early before it got too crowded. Now the funny part. Thrice had to play from 22:20 to 23:10. We stood there from 22:00. Now it seemed that there were some problems with the change-over. Cause it was already 22:45 until Thrice got the chance to rock out. And unfortunately, with a delay of 25 minutes, they only got 8 minutes ‘extra’ playtime. So they lost about a quarter of their set. Now that sucked! So we got to see Thrice for a small half an hour. And that with an awful sound. Their keyboards (yes, they’re using keys) overwhelmed the rest of the band and it all could be more defined. So, for those who have the chance, go check Thrice out next Tuesday at Melkweg Amsterdam.

Anyway, they played some awesome songs. Only a few from The Artist In The Ambulance. Most of them were from their latest album Vheissu. And now I understand why they played easy listening songs (like Massive Attack and stuff) during the change-over. The set Thrice played was a pretty relaxed one if you’d ask me. That doesn’t mean that they didn’t rock, cause they did! Can’t wait to see them again. With a whole set this time!

So with already a big delay, we knew we wouldn’t be home before 2 at night. And we wouldn’t go home before seeing Taking Back Sunday. What a great closer that was! They always make me kind of happy. Yes, finally some real release. Loads of energy, love, rock and show they give.

With some bands you question if they still enjoy making music and perform almost everyday for a different audience. With Taking Back Sunday there is no questioning. It’s certain that they love what they do! And that is what makes them special for me. Next to the great music of course. They logically took the opportunity to promote their new album ‘Louder Now’. If you haven’t got it yet, go check it out! It’s pure energy! And that’s what they showed us that night in Belgium.

And with that last gig we could go home. Tired, worn out but also very pleased. We had a great time and saw great bands play! Now lets hope Groezrock will have a fine line-up next year…
 
Love,
 
Maurits
Details Written on Sunday Apr 30th, 2006
Writer @Maurits

Tags: #Groezrock 2006