Young and in the Way, Weekend Nachos
Jan. 23, 2012
The Milestone floor was marked with trails of blood as the night came to a close at the Young and In the Way LP Release show on Jan. 23. It wasn't a shock considering Young and In the Way's blackened ferocity has gained a large following in Charlotte since their debut in 2009. With opening acts Iron Flag, Weekend Nachos and Full of Hell, the show was almost begging for some out-of-hand moshing.
That energy was evident early. On tour from Chicago, Weekend Nachos were second on the bill. With the fervor and tenacity which most headliners exude, Nachos proved dangerous as an opening act. When the first notes struck, the floor transformed into chaos as patrons slammed against one another to the grinding melodies speckled with sludge. Adorned with a Bart Simpson t-shirt, Weekend Nachos' vocalist prowled the stage, blasting his vocal cords' power over the intense, driving breakdowns as people flew across the floor. And to think — the rowdy members of the crowd were only warming up.
By the time Charlotte's Young and In the Way took the stage as the headliner, spectators were so enraged with the cathartic release of shoving and hardcore dancing that it nearly seemed a risk just to step out on the floor. People were jumping, pumping themselves up, before the band had even begun. Needless to say, as soon as the music started, people were shoved in every direction so fast and ferociously that those surrounding the stage creeped backwards to avoid getting clobbered. It was a scene that continued throughout the band's set.
Singer Kable projected his growling, fierce screams upon the audience, and he occasionally joined the pit, intensifying it with each visit. Speedy blackened guitars with eerie bass lines and perfectly erupting drums almost begged for the entranced moshers to circulate anger throughout the room. Then, at the climax of one of the band's songs, an all-out war erupted in front of the stage.
An unruly brawl caused utter pandemonium in the venue. As Milestone staff and Kable eradicated the storm by pulling people off of each other, the band members took their places and began a droning psychedelic sludge in an effort to calm the room. When Kable returned to the stage, Young and In the Way used the residual rage to massacre the remainder of their set while Milestone owner Jonathan Hughes and the venue's staff played damage control and made sure the face that trailed blood across the floor was in one piece.
With the fight or flight experience spectators of this night shared, the room became a unified and comfortable ground for the remaining songs. It was understood between musicians, staff and fans that these things can happen and everyone brought the atmosphere back to the music. The legendary and brutal Young and In the Way LP release show lived up to its brutal expectations.