Miss May I At The Webster Theater Hartford CT, Monday June 10th, 2013
Miss May I is a band that I wouldn’t have listened to on my own, but I definitely think that they’re talented. Going to their show at the Webster earlier this week, I was looking forward to going to a “metal” show; I’d heard that they were really good live, and so I had high hopes.
As the lights went down, and they were about to come on, the energy in the room intensified. Jerod Boyd, the drummer, was first on stage. Even though it was dark, you could see him grinning as the crowd cheered. Following him were Justin Aufdemkamp, Ryan Neff, and B.J. Stead. Last but not least, was Levi Benton, having transformed from the quiet man I interviewed to a metal god. They automatically ripped into their first song, and they didn’t hold back a thing. I was entirely mesmerized by their stage presence, all moving around and Levi’s hair going all over the place. Whenever I glanced over my shoulder to look at the crowd, they were moshing or running around or screaming the words back at the band.
Jerod’s drumming was intense; he had two kickdrums which made for an interesting sound that gives Miss May I such an edge. His extraordinary ability to play so damn well was complimented by the talented Ryan Neff on the bass. The two of them were an indestructible pair that made up the backbone of every song this band played. The prominence that Ryan’s skills have in this band is what also sets the group far apart; he is the glue that holds the band together and makes them so good. A bassist makes or breaks a band, and this is a prime example.
As for the lead guitarist Justin, I was blown away. There were times in which I couldn’t stop watching him play. The way his fingers graced the neck of the guitar and how he seemed to play with effortlessness was stunning. It was obvious that he was very well trained and as a fellow musician, I was immensely impressed. As for B.J. Stead on rhythm guitar, he played a complex role in the intricate scheme of things and tied it all together. And then there was Levi. He screamed into that mic like there was no tomorrow and it was exhilarating. I am not usually a fan of hardcore vocals, but his were resonant and wonderful. As a whole, the band produced a solid set that was worthy of recording and putting out as a live album. They have the kind of talent where they sound just as good live as recorded, if not better, which usually isn’t the case for bands in their genre.
Miss May I has been around for a while, and they’re definitely here to stay. They’re no longer up-and-comers in their scene, they’re gonna end up dominating it.