Posted in metal | music | pictures on October 19, 2009

by BBG

Saint Vitus

Twenty three years. That's a long time, and even more pent-up doom frustration. Luckily, Saint Vitus were happy to oblige the crowds at Europa on 10/16 by playing an incredible set of doom classics to an electrified crowd who spent their energy moshing.... slowly.

Saviours had already taken the stage by the time I made it to the packed (sold out?) Europa (I missed both Orphan and Bassoon). The Oakland band gave a predictably awesome and thrashy performance filled with Maiden-style dual leads, touching on both their recent Into Abaddon and their upcoming Accelerated Living. As much I dig their records, their magnetic live show is where it's at. Like the Cali boy he is, vocalist/guitarist Austin Barber spoke between songs in his heaviest smoked-out Jeff Spicoli.

"Who's ready for Vitus! Yeee-ah, brah!"

I was, and so was the crowd (no offense brah).

As Saint Vitus was setting up, Dave Chandler was checking his gear by riffing on "Nervous Breakdown" by Black Flag and it reminded me of their connection to the legendary band and SST Records. Signing to SST on Henry Rollins' advice, Saint Vitus were easily the diametric opposite of the hardcore and punk mindset that came along with the label; while everyone was pushing tempos to the brink, Vitus were playing at speeds infitely slower. The band played to mostly punk crowds, pissing off the bulk of them and creating a legend in the process. THAT is punk.

Save for a few wrinkles and hair that had gone monochrome, I'd venture to say that Saint Vitus was every bit as good as I would have imagined them to be. Songs that suffered from thin and hollow production came alive and rattled with power at Europa. The band was tight and did justice to their legacy.

Though it was great to see Wino JUST on vocals (he's usually an axeslinger too), taking an active role with the crowd by shoving the mic in their face for singalongs, Dave Chandler was the most enigmatic of the bunch. It's hard to miss Chandler with his shock of grey curls held back by a bandana; his look would have fit in with Lynryd Skynrd perfectly... in 1974. "Born Too Late", indeed.

70's look aside, Chandler would snarl, yell, feedback, and mouth the words while riffing at the speed of a tortoise. In between songs, Chandler would riff odd songs like "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and "Batman" before transitioning into classic Saint Vitus tracks. Odd? Yes. Kinda funny and genuinely fascinating? Definitely.

Lets hope that Vitus gets the show back on the road. I hope to seem them again sometime very soon.

Full setlist and more pics are below....

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Comments (17)

Almost thought that said "Change Flannel."

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 11:34 AM

Please come to TX, St. Vitus.
Just saw Wino and cannot wait for Shrinebuilder.

Posted by TXn | October 19, 2009 11:53 AM

WHITE STALLIONS

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 12:11 PM

Heh, you caught my fist/arm (complete with mangy festival wristbands) in one of those. Front row center, fucking right.

Posted by Grim Kim | October 19, 2009 12:42 PM

fucking awesome show. Vitus shows everyone how it is done, dammit.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 2:52 PM

Hey, that's my face in the fuzzy foreground up in the front...Awesome show, I actually got to see Vitus in Germany at a festival six years ago with their first reunion and it was a lot of fun to have a more up close and personal show from them with this time. I still think they should've done Hallow's Victim what with Halloween so close, that would've been real cool. No complaints however!

Posted by Anony Mous | October 19, 2009 3:15 PM

The Troll!
wish Vitus would make it to the Northwest, change to flannel vest's

Posted by buhhddsssin | October 19, 2009 8:13 PM

I DARE SOMEONE TO EMAIL ^^^ post 2:20pm

Posted by TXn | October 20, 2009 12:50 AM

You think they will ever legalize it?

Posted by TXn | October 20, 2009 12:57 AM

THE SADIST

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 4:08 PM

This was a killer show. Saviours were good, too. Especially the bass players Mountain shirt. There's good footage on youtube of most of the songs. Check out Chandler's solo on "Dying Inside!"

If you're interested, feel free to grab a free digital copy of Mighty High Drops a Deuce, the new single from my band.

http://rapidshare.com/files/292175634/DROPS_A_DEUCE.zip

Posted by Woody | October 21, 2009 5:01 PM

St. Vitus is real METAL. Anyone who doesn't think so should give up their metal badge.

Posted by Anonymous | October 22, 2009 11:55 AM

"St. Vitus is real METAL. Anyone who doesn't think so should give up their metal badge"

I don't think you can even get a metal badge unless Vitus is recognized. Saviours fuckin' rule, too. What up Austin ??
Good to see Henry on drums, he rules, but I wish the animosity with Armando hadn't gone down. Oh well...

Posted by Metal Dave | October 26, 2009 4:03 AM

What the fuck is this 1985??

Posted by carlie | October 27, 2009 11:10 AM

Sole pic of me in front row obscured by douchebag mullet who kept trying to elbow me out of the way, but couldn't, which resulted in Wino staring daggers at the douche for pushing his monitor in repeatedly. Otherwise, beyond killer show!!!

Posted by Solomon G | October 27, 2009 11:52 PM

asobi seksu's singer looks hot.

Posted by دليل | March 26, 2010 12:37 PM

St. Vitus is real METAL. Anyone who doesn't think so should give up their metal badge.

Posted by شات كتابي | October 1, 2010 2:44 PM

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