BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME – TREES – DEEP ELLUM, TX – 09-06-2021
With a little less than two weeks before “An Evening With Between The Buried And Me” Tour comes to a close, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME made a stop in Dallas, Texas at the world-famous Trees in Deep Ellum. Since touring has started to make a comeback after the lack of bands on the road due to Covid19’s stifling grip on 2020, fans of BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME (BTBAM) here in Dallas came out in full effect on September 6th. Not only was this a Monday, but it was also Labor Day which made the sold-out show a must-see for me. I mean, when was the last time you attended a sold-out rock show?
I don’t really know the last time I covered or attended a show that was sold-out, scanning my memory briefly as I type. It almost seems surreal; over the last year and seven months, we all questioned if live music would ever return. Luckily, it has returned to Dallas and if you were at this show, you were one of the fans that got to see BTBAM with like-minded fans in a packed house, almost like it was before the world stopped.
And that is the surreal part. When at a show like BTBAM on Monday, it is almost like it didn’t happen. Right? The Pandemic created unbelievable events and spawned occurrences never seen in anyone’s purview, that anything that we did then and return to doing now; is so amazing and yet so…well, odd. Music is something that I have turned to during times of uncertainty, sorrow, and in times of joy. Like many, the Pandemic alienated me from the things I loved, music being one of them. Looking back, those times of sheltering in place, seeing my neighborhood in Deep Ellum boarded up and closed, and having live music taken away overnight, created a void that was very difficult to understand and even more difficult to turn to the familiar. Now that normalcy is somewhat returning and bands like BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME have come out victorious, I can begin to look to music again for comfort and solace.
“Especially with 2020, we really wanted to give it all we could and show the world we’re still here,” explains Tommy. “That’s part of the reason we named it Colors II. We were in a similar spot when we did the first Colors. Back then, we had just gotten done with OZZfest. We were wondering, ‘Where do we belong in this music scene?’ We still struggle with that. At both of these moments in our career, we decided to just be ourselves and write the best album we can. We came out guns blazing, and I feel like it’s some of our most creative material in a long time.”
“Colors was very much our attempt at a do-or-die statement,” recalls Paul. “We had to establish our identity and be who we really wanted to be in order to have a career. This time around, our industry was shut down for a year. Once tours were canceled due to the Pandemic, we were like, ‘We’ve got to write a record, and it’s got to be good. We had to do something next level.”
It was clear to me during the show in Dallas, that BTBAM was stronger on this other side. Their work on “Colors II” intensified a bond that was evident on stage. The synchronicity of the musicians washed over the audience as they sang along throughout both sets. The energy was exactly what I needed to jump-start my musical heart and while BTBAM creates complex compositions of intricate guitar work, backed by the orchestral measures that mix in a modern progressive rock recipe, their work never gets lost in translation from record to stage. Blake was phenomenal on drums, carrying the foundation of both sets on his back while Paul, Tommy, Dan, and Dustie threw in their parts just as solidly. I’m always amazed at Paul Waggoner‘s vocals and how he jumps from position to position on stage. It takes a very comfortable musician to switch from lead to rhythm melodies and backing and lead vocals. Paul isn’t the only one that accomplishes this on stage with BTBAM. Frontman Tommy Rogers does this perfectly and with insane precision. These accomplishments create a show that drives this embedded perfection in the band’s work, totally evident by the reactions of the audience.
I wish I could share the images my mind or the ones my camera captured but due to a mishap in communication with the venue staff at the beginning of the night, somehow my settings changed on my camera. I’m guessing this happened as I was pulled from the pit and told I couldn’t be in the pit and them me wading through the fans gathered at the front of the stage going back behind the barriers to shoot the remaining ten minutes I had left. I must have moved a dial on the top of my newest Nikon mirrorless or hit a button that increased the exposure. You win some you lose some, right? There will be other shows; let’s just hope that venues remember the distinction between a credentialed photographer and a house photographer going forward.
The Evening With Tour was a culmination for celebration. Recently, BTBAM dropped “Colors II“, released an OMV for “The Future Is Behind Us” and hit a milestone many bands never see; their 20th anniversary. For these reasons, this show is one you don’t want to miss. This solo tour gives audiences two distinct sets from the band; a set of songs from the last two decades and the second set that plays the album The Great Misdirect in full. What more could fans ask for? You can catch BTBAM on the remaining dates listed below.
Sep 10 Pensacola, Fl At Vinyl
Sep 11 Tampa, Fl At Orpheum
Sep 12 Fort Lauderdale, Fl At The Culture Room
Sep 15 Nashville, Tn At Marathon Music Works
Sep 16 Charlotte, Nc At Underground
Sep 17 Charlotte, Nc At Underground