Windowpane & Van Eps Wow Crowd at Sold Out Seattle Show
January 16, 2013
The Showbox at the Market was completely packed from the very start, with a ton of walks up leading to a sold out show and loads of amazing Seattle bands! Unfortunately I missed the first few bands, Jason Kertson, Mechanism, and Black Diamond, but based on what I heard from the crowd they all put on a great show.
Next, Van Eps came on stage to play in front of their largest sold out crowd ever; they sure got them going right off the bat with the fan favorite "We Will Rock You" by Queen. They continued the set with a new song, “Epic”, which was in fact just that. Next the group played their first single from “Go Ahead”, which really got the crowd to their feet. Among the other new tracks played were "Vegas Rain" and "Shade of Jade". They took a brief break from the new material to return to their roots, bringing local fan favorite Amanda Hardy on stage to wow the crowd and sing Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song". Although I missed him earlier, Jason Kertson also took the stage with Van Eps to shred on “The ballad of John and Mary”, before closing with the gritty “Dirty South”. All in all I thought the guys had a great show with great stage presence throughout the entire show, including front man Matt jumping off the drum set on to the stage! The band is set to release a brand new single and video on February 8th, titled "Save Yourself", so if their live show is any indication of their awesome sound, be sure to check it out!
Next up was Windowpane, arguably the most popular unsigned Seattle band right now. The newcomers were back home, fresh off of their second major tour with Five Finger Death Punch and Soulfly. The guys also headlined the ErnieBallStage at Seattle's Uproar Festival stop back in September, although this show marked the first official show for new drummer Sean Morrison. Front man Glenn Gannon had the crowd going crazy with his amazing guitar riffs while playing fan favorites “House Of Cards”, and “Why Do I”. At the end of the night when all was said and done Windowpane took a bow to the crowd as they chanted back, WINOWPANE, WINDOWPANE, WINDOPANE, wishing the already late show could continue all night.