Summer concert season is officially in full swing and that means there are plenty of opportunities to take in some live music. This past Thursday The Underground was the place to be for rock fans as the Las Vegas hard rockers Otherwise brought their energetic live show to Charlotte. The band is out this summer with a run through the US on the “Close To The Gods” Tour.
As the band took the stage, the small but appreciative crowd gave them a huge welcome. They jumped right into things opening with “Coming for the Throne” as the audience pumped their fists in the air. Frontman Adrian Patrick wore a hooded poncho and worked the room with ease pointing to individual fans that were crowded up against the barricade and singing directly to them. The sound quality at The Underground is top notch and Patrick’s vocals sounded fantastic as did the entire band. The stage set was sparse with an Otherwise banner as a backdrop behind Brian Medeiros’ drum kit and some strobes on each side of the stage. The exception to this was Adrian’s mic stand which was decorated with scarves, bracelets, and other accouterments. Lead guitarist Ryan Patrick was a real treat to watch as he posed and jammed all night long with not only technical precision but real showmanship. Drummer Medeiros and bassist Tony “The Beast” Carboney backed their band mates by providing a thundering beat. The band included four new songs from their upcoming album in the setlist including “Close To The Gods” and “Angry Heart” which were well received and fit nicely in with the rest of their catalog. The highlight of the evening came toward the end of their set as the band cranked into their powerful rock anthem “Soldiers” with the crowd taking over the “woah, woah, woah” sections of the chorus. In sharp contrast to “Soldiers,” Otherwise closed out the night with a heartwarming rendition of the ballad “I Don’t Apologize(1000 Pictures)” as both Adrian and the audience held up the heart symbol with their hands.
Otherwise has a great rock sound with powerful riffs and plenty of melodic hooks and they absolutely give one hundred percent when they are out on that stage. For those who attended the Charlotte show, it was an exceptional night of hard rock that they won’t soon forget. You’re going to want to check these guys out when they roll through your town.
Coming For The Throne
Die For You
Close To The Gods
Fate Is Your Enemy
All The Pretty Things
Meet Me In The Dark
We Won’t Stop
Love & War
I Don’t Apologize (1000 Pictures)
We would like to thank David McDonald form the Century Label Group for the credentials to review the show.