On a hot night in Toledo, Straight Line Stitch dodged an interstate highway accident to play their show. They didn’t disappoint those that came out.
Even though the crowd was not as large as it should have been, a very good show was witnessed by those that come out to support It’s In The Blood, Leaving Eden, and the headliner of the night Straight Line Stitch (SLS). It was a very intimate setting at Frankie’s Inner City for this show with only three bands playing.
With It’s In The Blood starting things off, this five piece consisting of Nick Klingaman (Guitar), John Hartwig (Drums), Brandon Falk (Guitar), Megan Grant (Bass), and Nate Petit (Vocals) scored another major opening spot with a national band. Having just opened for September Morning back in May, the band showed a professionalism that defeated what could have been an ego crusher. Nate was able to take control of the obvious disappointment the band had for the weak showing in the audience and channeled it into a massive display of alternative prog metal.
After It’s In The Blood’s 8:00 to 8:40 time slot, Leaving Eden got busy to keep the train of in your face and constantly moving sonic entertainment going. Carole “Eve” Gynan (Vocals), Eric Gynan (Guitars), Tony Massey (Drums), and Spider (Bass) make up this four piece from Boston, MA. Their set had ten songs starting off with “Tied & Bound,” touching on “Rage” and “Going Down,” and ending their set with “Bang, Bang.” Eve showed her fearlessness by going most of the show barefoot on the Frankie’s Inner City stage. We, at National Rock Review, wouldn’t advise messing with her as she walked away from this looking unscathed to us.
And finally, to close out the night, was Straight Line Stitch. With a little help from Wiki, the current touring members of the band are Alexis Brown (Vocals), Darren McClelland (Bass), Jason White (Guitar), Jackie Bergjans (Guitar), “D” (Drums). This Knoxville, TN based band on the Pavement Entertainment label, had a bit of a time getting to the venue due to a bad semi on semi accident on a major toll road. The band was in the house well before their set time with Alexis being behind the band’s merchandise table selling and signing items for fans.
The band is currently on the Transparency Tour: Phase 2 in support of their EP release, Transparency. SLS is a very high energy group that rarely stays in place long enough to have a camera come into focus in low light. Various members are jumping, head banging to the flow, and letting the dreads fly as they get into the music that’s being played. Smiles are not uncommon to be accompanying blistering guitar licks, Alexis’ signature vocals, and a sneaky iPhone wielding seven string guitar player.
If you have a chance to catch them on this leg of the tour, we highly recommend it. National Rock Review not only had a review on the band’s EP, but also had a chance to talk to Alexis not too long ago. You can read the review of Transparency, here. And you can read the interview, here.
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