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These Arms Are Snakes destroy Denver’s Marquis Theater

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dsc00286There are concerts, and then there are shows that leave the audience gasping for breath and wondering what just happened.

These Arms Are Snakes fall into the latter category.

The Seattle post-hardcore group left it all on stage, including plenty of bodily fluids, Sunday night at the Marquis Theatre in Denver.

Touring on their recent album Tail Swallower and Dove, the group brought a whirlwind of rage and fury to the stage from the word go. Lead singer Steve Snere, formerly of Kill Sadie, proceeded to thrash about the stage, climbing amplifiers and swinging from stage lights as he sporadically shed clothing.

On their second song of the set Snere was roving through the audience on an audience member’s shoulders screeching like a banshee.

The frenetic pace of the show, which sent the crowd into a violent mosh pit, matches the new albums pace, which is much faster and harder than TAAS former material.

Highlights of the short set included the band’s new single “Red Light Season,” and the classic “Angela’s Secret” 2004’s Oxeneers or The Lion Sleeps When Its Antelope Go Home.


These Arms Are Snakes lead singer Steve Snere

The crescendo of the night came when Snere plunged headfirst into the crowd smashing a glass beer bottle with his bare hands that drew blood. With a confused dazed look on his face Snere smeared the blood all over his chest.

By the end of the night Snere looked like he had been through a violent street fight, which is a pretty good description of what it feels like to watch a TAAS show.

Git Some, All The Saints and Darker My Love opened for TAAS and could have cut all their sets short to give TAAS more stage time.

With no encore, the only drawback to the show was that there wasn’t more of it.







Written by David Young

February 23, 2009 at 7:05 pm

Posted in Concerts, Music

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