“Everyone gets more guitars” proudly declared Joseph D’Agostino after the second song of the evening, “Finally” off their fantastic new album Pretty Years being released this Friday. The crowd was already hot and sweaty, hanging on every word and note coming from Cymbals Eat Guitars and were ready for a long night. Joseph’s guitar playing only intensified after this declaration for the rest of the evening and even led to him changing a string towards the end of one song to make sure it wouldn’t break during the next one.
The band played seven out of the ten tracks for the Albany crowd and were excited to be showcasing the new material. Joseph and the band are clearly in love with the new material, with “Wish” and “Well” bring two of the biggest highlights of the night. Joseph’s vocals go back and forth between a beautiful singing voice and a deep scream that comes from the bottom of his body. Brian Hamilton complimented Joseph with some great backing vocals and intricate keyboard work all evening, while the low end was held down on bass by Matt Whipple. Andrew Dole kept the band on task with a constant flurry of his arms on the drums.
The in your face rock and roll displayed most of the evening won over the crowd, but the quieter numbers really showed what Cymbals can do with a song. The great lyrics and melodies that were on display for those songs were fantastic and showed a side of the band that was far more experimental than just full on rock. Shifting back and forth between their two sides of music was really amazing to witness. With a full tour behind this record taking up the fall expect the shows to only get better from here as this was only the third date of the tour.
Article: Bryan Lasky