Periphery & Co. celebrate the holidaze in the QC
Sonic Unrest Tour II makes a stop in CLT
Photos by Nathan Leslie
The Underground, the Fillmore Charlotte’s offspring as presented on their opening night, was home to the Sonic Unrest Tour II, featuring a slew of rock’s fastest drum patterns and dirtiest riffs. With D.C.’s Periphery headlining the monstrosity, friends The Contortionist, Norma Jean, and Infinity Shred rightfully filled the opener slots with their heavy, dirty, shred-happy music.
The unmissable bill visited the Underground on 4/20 of all dates, and there’s no way there weren’t some people tripping on something. Despite the chaos of the holidaze, the Sonic Unrest Tour II kicked all of our asses, as we expected of course.
Warming up the night was NYC’s “future shredders” Infinity Shred, an electronic, post-rock, metal mashup of musicians looking to put some much needed synth sounds in your life. They’re one date away from finishing up a long spring run that started at SXSW on March 17th. After spending the weekend in Austin, Infinity Shred spent the week touring with Horse the Band in Southern CA and bits of Texas; this mini-tour was all the prep they needed to take on larger stages with Periphery & Co.
Fear not, synth fans, because Infinity Shred are touring a bit in May, so you’ll get a chance to catch them before summer shenanigans begin. They’re touring their 2016 EP Long Distance, which can be found on their bandcamp alongside the rest of their discography.
Hard rock veterans Norma Jean crossed a handful of dates off their 2017 to-do list before stepping on stage as openers on the Sonic Unrest Tour II. Before April showers and killer shows started, Norma Jean took the month of March to headline their own tour and get their latest release Polar Similar inside the ears of as many people as possible.
Finally, oh finally, Periphery took the stage and did what they do best: challenged the confines of prog-rock, metal, and just about any sub-genre of rock you can think of. With experiences like Vans Warped Tour and Metal Hammer’s Golden God noms, Periphery knows what it takes to put on a show while maintaining the essence of who they really are, a line that is often smudged at the expense of selling tickets and making money.