Published on December 28th, 2011 | by Lindsey Bakker0
Review: I Fight Dragons – Metro Chicago, 12/17/11
Local Nerds, All Grown Up
Oh how things have changed.
Between the MC Chris tour, Bamboozle, and now the band has matured tremendously. They are truly a local band done good, and I can’t wait to watch them explode.
From the original songs (of which they played all my favorites), to the Mario theme, to the Jonathan Coulton cover, the show was all fun. Especially the Coulton cover. Every single song sounded fantastic. It really blew my mind. And it wasn’t just the crowd enjoying the show–the band looked like they were having the time of their life. Their energy was contagious and you couldn’t help but dance your ass off.
Ok, here’s how I sell the band to my friends:
Me: They’re so good. They play this great pop-punk, but the coolest part is… they play game controllers!
Friend: (looks at me like I’m insane) Ok, Lindsey.
Me: NINTENDO CONTROLLERS! AS INSTRUMENTS!
At which point my friend either pats me on the head or walks away. They don’t really have the same appreciation for clever musical devices as I do.
I am really impressed by the controller factor in their music. I mean, they write good songs anyway, but then they throw this really unique factor into it. How many other bands play the power pad mid-show?
I know I said this about the album too, but I do think the show, the band and everything sends a good message that is so subtle that it’s missed on a lot of fans. Their songs, their show everything is so different, and the band seems so shamelessly proud of themselves. They should be. And I hope that they’re showing more than a few fans that it’s ok to be happy with who you are.
I don’t say this often enough: You’re a dumbass if you don’t like this band.
Credit also goes to opening bands The Kickback and Protomen who were both talented and very interesting.