Four bands tonight, at least they are starting early, which they pretty much have to in compliance with local laws and all...
Octaves - First, does the Royal Praetorian Guard (aka security with a chiseled head) have to stand guard front and center of the fairly low stage so the lead singer's head is only a couple feet above his? Well, yes, as this was his spot the rest of the night. He needn't worry as this band didn't exactly rev the crowd into a frenzied mosh pit. Thrash-rock, some rocking, some ringing guitars, dull vocals, inane chatter, but sincere and I think he could do better. Band isn't there yet.
Knife the Glitter - "I know what you're thinking, this is the best name ever". That from one of the members. Well, he can look back at the end of the year to see if he makes my best name list. Until then, maybe they can come up with some more interesting songs. Instrumental prog-metal, choppy rock that stayed well below the heights of Caverns or Kinski. Something was missing and I am not talking about the vocals.
The Number Twelve Looks Like You - Prog-thrash. Some good moves among banal singing, even a couple psyche moves. Still, just not consistently compelling even on a low expectation scale. Still, not terrible.
The Dillinger Escape Plan - A very popular band, at least out east. More of the thrash, metal, prog, creative moves kinds of things that the other bands sometimes approached. In this case, the Dillinger guys have it a bit more together. To be fair, I was pretty well exhausted at this point, so I'll defer to the crowd who enjoyed them much. I doubt I would want to hear their CDs or MP3s too often, though. You could do worse (and I did earlier that evening).
Quote of the Night: While walking along H Street, two women got out of their car and walked up and asked "Could you tell us how to get to Washington DC?"