This past Wednesday, November 25, I kick-started my Thanksgiving break with a little Underoath at The Ritz in Ybor. [Photo by Mike Wilson.]
If you've ever worried about the number of calories you consume on Turkey Day, try going out to a hardcore show the night before your holiday gorge and jumping in the pit. I don't recommend it for pregnant women or anyone with back, neck, or head injuries. For the rest, prepared to be thrown around like a hot potato, scream your head off, and soak your clothes through with sweat.
People from around here get excited about Underoath. These Tampa natives were among the first hardcore bands of the mid-90s to make it big from the area and we're like the proud parents who watched them grow into their own. It all started in 1997, when they came together at church and decided to start a band. Back then, hardcore music was still underground, especially in the Christian rock world. Maybe that's why Underoath made it — they started a music revolution that later inspired bands like August Burns Red (on tour with Underoath right now) and St. Pete natives Oceana (I actually ran into bassist Jack Burns at the show). I have been an avid fan of these boys since 2004 (the year They're Only Chasing Safety came out on Tooth & Nail's rock label, Solid State Records). Can you believe I'd never seen them perform live until Wednesday night? I don't know how I stayed away for so long! I mean, I have seen The Almost (the side project of Underoath drummer Aaron Gillespie) three times, and they haven't even been around that long! But now my Underoath cherry has been popped and I want more!