Video by: Mike Goehring
Story by: Rob Burkett
Sometimes going fishing for a quality night out can lead you to odd places. Such was the case last weekend.
Jerry’s Bait Shop, located in Lenexa, Kan., hosted an evening of rock that featured the crown jewel of up and coming independent bands. The Material, hailing from San Diego, Calif., took stage right at the stroke of 9 p.m. last Sunday and brought a melodic, sonic and always head-rocking attitude. While some might hear the group and spring to mind with instant comparisons to fellow female front singer groups like Paramore and Flyleaf, they would be tragically mistaken.
Taking to the stage, the group opened with a blistering rendition of “What We Are” bringing the attention of the audience to the stage and electrifying the building with a current of rock inspired energy. In particular Colleen D’Agostino, the lead singer of The Material, brought a dynamic presence to the stage. Using all the tricks of the proverbial trade, D’Agostino engaged with the audience giving her all to the performance and raising the collective pulse of the audience.
The rest of the set would continue to be more of the same as the band rocked through an amazing set of their new songs as well as tunes familiar to the video game crowd, rocking tunes available on the popular game, “Rock Band.”
The band concluded with “Appearances,” a song so intense that guitarist Roi Elam lost his guitar strap to the performance, eventually turning his guitar over to another road member of the band and getting into the audience to help lead the end of the performance in the front row, energizing the crowd.
Currently the band is touring in Austin, Texas for the SXSW festival. To follow them or find out more information, visit their facebook page at www.facebook.com/thematerialmusic or follow them on twitter at www.twitter.com/thematerial.