For the past few weeks there has been a heavy buzz on Facebook about an upcoming show, and anyone walking past The Loop Building is likely to have noticed the posters plastered in the windows. They advertise the CD release for This Is War, the solo project of scene veteran Scott Warren, known for time spent in Lone Locust and Vultures? This was an album quite different from his past work, however, and the show was going to be quite from anything Scott, or anyone else, had ever put on in Windsor.
On Friday, March 23rd FM Lounge filled with curious spectators and music buffs, everyone expecting a great show. There was an energy to the crowd before anything even started. This show was going to showcase the talents of many well-known musicians from the Windsor area, pulling talent from a lot of popular bands.
Scott himself spent most of his time on the microphone, with a stint behind the drums. He was joined by David Allan (Cellos, Explode When They Bloom), Randy Barth (Under Ruins, Black Kreek), Adam Craig (Poughboy, Measured In Angles), David Creed (Grand Maris), Meg Farron (Grand Maris), Andy Langmuir (Vultures?, Lone Locust), Anderson Lunau (Vultures?, The Golden Hands…), and Jeff Riley (Vultures?, Somatose).
The buzz that had been building in the venue since the doors opened when the band took the stage, kicking things off with Know You Know Nothing, the last track of the album. A relatively mellow track, it did a great job of turning all eyes to the stage and getting everyone ready for the spectacle that was about to unfold on the stage.
From there things really got going, musicians coming and going, switching instruments, and just being generally all over the stage. The music itself is powerful and moving in it’s own slightly disturbing way, but the chemistry between all the players only intensified that. It was clear that this was a group of people who enjoyed what they were doing, and who they were doing it with.
For a little over an hour the room exploded with ridiculously loud music that ranged from thrash metal, to industrial-esque, acoustic, and hard rock. At the end of it the crowd erupted in cheers and applause, certainly feeling their five-dollar admittance had been worth it.
This Is War’s debut album Hate Letter has been made available as a limited edition CD, but you can also download it from CD Baby.
The full photo gallery from the show is also available here.