Scenes From Last Night's This Will Destroy You Show at the Kessler.
If there was a theme to last night's show at the Kessler Theater, it was drums.
It was the talk of the night, really. Between sets, drummers from various local acts in attendance raved about the drum sounds at this offering. And they were very much in the right to do so: In the too-often-dismissed-as-a-listening-room venue, the drums of all three acts on this bill — Austin's Future Death, North Texas' own Pinkish Black and the half-San-Marcos-based, half-Dallas-based This Will Destroy You, which was celebrating its September-released third studio LP, Another Language — sounded very much on point.
Surely, the ever-impressive talents of the drummers performing on this bill — Future Death's Alton Jenkins, Pinkish Black's Jon Teague and TWDY's Alex Bhore — deserved much of the credit here. But so too did the room, which generously placed each kick and snare at the front-and-center of the sound whenever the volume peaked — something that, given these acts' heavy inclinations, occurred quite often.
That delighted this show's packed house plenty — while also providing this show something of a surprising intimate vibe. With the massive volume of each of this night's three acts washing over the audience, the show felt less crowded than it really was, affording each and every person in attendance the chance to get lost in the music as he or she felt fit.
It was a show worth getting lost in, to be sure — and one that reinforced the notion that the Kessler, despite its reputation for mostly singer-songwriter fare, is one of the region's premier venues, regardless of genre.