It was time to make another trip to the standing room only Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, TN. Concert Blast was invited to cover Devour The Day (consisting of Blake Allison, Joey “Chicago” Walser, and two other touring musicians) about a month before the date and since Brian Hasbrook and Tom Thompson were already booked, Mike Arnold headed downtown with friend Allen Atkinson (to help with the photography). Taking photos at the Cannery is extremely difficult since there is not a photo pit and the crowd is elbow to elbow with lots of pushing… especially at this hard rock show! Continue reading about the night with Devour The Day written by Mike Arnold.
Written by Mike Arnold
It was a beautiful evening for a Monday night concert in Nashville, TN. Unfortunately on this July 13th night, the weather didn’t matter since the 1,000 hard rock fans were inside the standing room only, sweaty, basement style music venue, Cannery Ballroom. The fans were ready for all three acts (also on the bill was Finger Eleven and Three Days Grace). In fact some of the fans were telling me that they’ve seen Devour The Day in Nashville, but I had no idea they had played here before.
As the intro music for Devour The Day came through the PA system, the crowd was getting anxious… which also got me excited and ready for the show! The members took the stage in style while kicking into high gear with “Respect”. It didn’t take long for me to lose the “respect” for Devour The Day since lead singer, Blake Allison, continued to spew out “F-Bombs” throughout their show. If you know anything about me, you’ll know that the constant use of profanity is a major turnoff to me. It shows a lack of intelligence for not being able to come up with other adjectives. The audience won’t like you any less if you don’t use profanity. The songs and talent will do the talking to us all. That’s what excites us, not profanity!
Ok, now that is out of my system…The show continued with other hair raising heavy rock tunes throughout the night, “Blackout”, “Get Out Of My Way”, “You Not Me”, and others before getting to my two favorite songs of the evening, “Faith”, from their upcoming album on the Razor and Tie label, and “Good Man”. Before performing the catchy song, “Faith”, Blake made sure those in attendance understood that the song was not a Christian song. I believe the crowd of rockers should know this by now.
The final song of the night was my favorite from Devour The Day and the song that got my attention, “Good Man”. Actually this one could be confused as a Christian song; “Everything I’ve done before has brought me back down on my knees and I’m crying out to you Lord.” Blake didn’t explain this one. He and the remainder of the band simply enjoyed performing and the crowd of heavy rockers enjoyed it also as they shook their fist in the air along with the rhythm of the beat. Devour The Day waved goodbye and thanked the audience. They also mentioned they would be at their merchandise booth, so come see them. As we left for the night, we ran into Blake Allison as he was talking with fans. Blake took some time to speak to me and he seemed like a totally different person than he was on stage (which we discussed). He was a very friendly, intellectual guy that was well groomed enough to work a 9 to 5 office job. I mentioned to him that we’ve had this conversation and he didn’t cuss once. He replied with a “Not Yet!”, as we both laughed. We shook hands and I told him he was a “Good Man!” Blake smiled as we parted ways.
I’m glad we had that conversation time before leaving. Now I have a different perspective on Blake Allison, but for his on-stage persona, there is a lot of improving that needs to be done.
As for the Concert Blast Scale (1 lowest – 10 highest), I must say that I will need to deduct two points for the continuous profanity and deduct one point for not getting the crowd participating with singing along. Therefore I will give Devour The Day a 6.0.
Written by Mike Arnold