The best metal band in the world performed at Nashville’s Cowan theater Sunday night. Polyphia are on their “Look But Don’t Touch” US tour. This show was awesome so sit your fine ass down and check this out!
Progressive rock band Tides Of Man opened the show to a packed audience. Their sound is more Radiohead/Mars Volta-ish, which is cool, a nice segue for the chaos that was about to ensue.
I The Mighty performed direct support. A little more of an aggressive sound, they are the perfect band to ratchet up the audience’s energy level.
Polyphia tout themselves as the “biggest and best metal band in the world.” And while this is objectively impossible, they are pretty damn good. You’ll be hard pressed to find more enthusiastic fans. Bassist Clay Gober sets expectations at the outset and decrees that “people at Polyphia concerts HAVE FUN!” That turned out not to be a problem.
For the unenlightened, Polyphia is an instrumental progressive rock/math metal group combining high doses of hip-hop, jazz and R&B. Kinda like throwing your Justin Timberlake and Animals As Leaders CDs into a blender and pouring that sweet nectar into your earholes. Sans vocalist, Mr. Gober plays the role of emcee. He’s loud, rude and pleasantly vulgar.
The sonic fury that proceeds simply must be heard to be fully appreciated. Check out their single Goat on YouTube. The crowd was way more energetic than your typical progressive instrumental rock fans. And if you enjoy crowd surfing, this is your show. Dozens of concert goers demonstrated their faith in the collective by hoisting themselves overhead and riding the wave. Gober decides to join the throng proclaiming “It’s time to go for a swim!” then unhesitatingly heaves himself atop a sea of pumping fists.