I often wonder why Dredg aren’t one of the biggest bands in the world. I usually ask myself that question after seeing them live, as I did last Thursday when Dredg came through New York City for a show at the Highline Ballroom.
The band attracted a diverse crowd of metalhead dudes, bearded prog rock fans, punk cats, and college hippie kids who like making out in crowded rooms. A lot. But the show was awesome, made all the more awesome by my lovely lady friend Alex.
By the end of the night, frontman Gavin Hayes’ long locks were dripping with sweat, and people were still marveling over drummer Dino Campanella’s unique ability to pound the bloody hell out of his kit and play piano at the same time. Dredg delivered a well-rounded set with an array of new hits and old favorites that had the crowd singing along, note for glorious note.
I was really impressed by guitarist Mark Engles, too. Like Gavin, he was energized the entire time, and really didn’t miss a lick. The entire band was tight as a drum, and were able to brilliantly replicate new tracks like “Another Tribe” and “Down Without A Fight” with almost pinpoint accuracy. These dudes are one of the best live rock bands around and that’s why the crowd was all over the place, generation and genre-wise.
There was a kid there, with his dad. I mean, these dudes have widespread appeal. But they haven’t really busted out into the mainstream in a huge way yet, so they’ve really still an underground band if you ask me. They should be one of the most popular bands but most people have shit taste.
The other highlights from the show includes “Bug Eyes,” “Movement V: 90 Hour Sleep,” “Planting Seeds,” “The Thought of Losing You,” and “Hungover on a Tuesday.”
Amazing band, amazing show, and amazing Alex. It was an awesome night all around. And the opener, The Dear Hunter, were not what I expected. I wasn’t expecting much and I definitely left a fan of their progressive rock sound. You should check them out, and you should check out this tour if it’s coming to your town.
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