Earshot returned to Las Vegas for the first time since (from our research) 2004. Fifteen years is a long time, but the crowd at Count's Vamp'd was ready to welcome them back with open arms.
The Nocturnal Affair.
Opening up for Earshot were local favorites The Nocturnal Affair. They played their first show back since May 9th, when they made a stop on their tour with the 69 Eyes. We covered that show, and you can read about it HERE .
The Nocturnal Affair, as always, delivered one hell of a show. Since their debut tour the band has gotten tighter. Vocalist Brendan Shane has continued to come out of his shell and it shows. He commands the crowd with ease alongside his bandmates.
Whether you are their for their updated Type-O-Negative style originals, or even their Nine Inch Nails cover of "Terrible Lie", this is a band that fails to disappoint.
Earshot is a band that, if you have heard them, you fall in love with. Their heavy style provides the springboard for vocalist Wil Martin's smooth voice.
While it is apparent that Martin is the heart and soul of this band, those who he has taken on tour with him certainly deliver the songs as they should be. And when you are playing to a packed house like Vamp'd was on August 9th, it helps.
I found it effortless to stay entertained. No matter who my eyes fell on, the band had energy. Martin still performs with ease, and his vocals carry well, even though the band is 20 years old at this point.
Martin provided a storyteller like show, discussing the meanings behind the music. This is something I usually love or hate, as it can be overkill. In this case, it was great to hear the backstory of some of the band's best material.
They delivered a 16 song set to a crowd that sang along with almost every word. I truly hope it made the band feel good to know they are still able to pack a house with true fans, and I hope to see them back very soon.
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