Band Concert Review
Nonpoint: What a day!
"You're about to take a mindtrip," screams Elias of Nonpoint. A mindtrip?? Yep, that
DEFINETELY happened at Oasis 160 on Friday night. Nonpoint, a band based out of Florida, graced Chicago
Heights with their presence on a mini-tour to give their fans one last glance before the New Year hits.
Never seen Nonpoint before?? Well, you're missing out on one of the best live performances that are
hitting the music scene. Each member possesses so much energy and stage presence regardless of the stage
size. Nonpoint provided enough power to fill an entire football stadium, pack that into a small concert
venue and imagine how much that feeds through each person.
The band has proved that regardless of radio airplay they can still draw a loyal crowd. Their fan base is
determined to provide them with the recognition that they deserve. Fans have even driven hours just to
attend their show. Fridays show consisted of fans who flew in all the way from Philadelphia and North
Carolina. Nothing will stop a Nonpoint fan from experiencing energy that will keep them hyped up for
weeks. It's the "Nonpoint Fix." From the moment that they take the stage, you're put in a trance which
lasts until the minute they leave the stage.
The show started off with a song titled "Orgullo." The English translation means "pride." Andy Goldman's
insane guitar playing begins the song, which is immediately recognizable. It was the perfect to start off
the night. Regardless of the song being in Spanish, everyone was singing right along with them. The fast
tempo brings out the fans energy from the first note that Elias sings. Continuing with songs from their
album "Statement," "Victim" was next up on the list. Known for the chorus, each fan already knew what was
expected of them when asked to sing along, hand motions and all.
"Excessive Reactions" also includes some audience participation. Elias spotted the clapping of hands by a
few fans in back before he even asked for everyone to participate. He pointed to the group, and asked the
audience to join in with them for the song. The crowd started to get even more intense as time went by.
Many stood in back while fans showed their extreme devotion to the band by moshing with one another.
Next up was a song from "Development." The song starts of slow, with an introduction to the song by Elias
making circular motions and chanting. The crowd is left in ever lasting anticipation for Robb to start
pounding away on the drums to begin "Circles." It was time to now throw in a new song to the mix. The
song has been performed at a few other shows and has received a fantastic response. Nonpoints new album
is expected to hit the stores by Summer of 2004. The song is titled, "Crowds."
After the fresh taste of new they head right back to the sounds of old with "Back up." A highlight is the
antics of Ken, the bass player for the band. His insane facial expressions and interaction with fans on
stage is enjoyable to watch throughout the entire show. In seeing the band perform live you can focus on
one member and be entertained the entire time. Each member holds their own in their stage presence, which
is why as a whole they are unstoppable. "Endure" follows along with "Your Signs" and into "Mindtrip." A
little treat for the fans was the performance of "Snooze Button" which is originally done by Snot.
The band departed from the stage, with chants of "Nonpoint" taking over the building. Andy arrives back
playing the riff to the song that put them on the music map. After about 20 seconds, the rest of the band
take stage and lead into "What a Day." Elias includes the audience for one last time in chanting and
singing along with him while high-fiving as many fans as he could. The excitement and intensity has to
come to an end sometime. The fans live for their live show, they thrive off of it and wait for the day
until they get to experience it yet again ..hopefully sooner rather the later.
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