After last year's debacle of an Emilie Autumn concert- in which freezing temperatures combined with miserable companions resulted in a less than enjoyable experience- I wasn't feeling as excited as I have before past concerts to see EA and her Bloody Crumpets strut their stuff on stage.
I only asked two of the five of us who went last year if they wanted to come to this year's concert- the ever present boyfriend Scott, and my little sister Jordan. They happily accepted. We arrived at 7:10, waited in 40 degree temperatures for a short while, and were in the venue within 10 or 15 minutes.
A few interesting changes to Mr. Small's Theater should be noted here- the sale of food both outside and inside the venue for the pleasure of the concert-goers:
|They sold Honey Badger Burgers! Because Honey Badger don't give a shit.|
I did, however, take advantage of the time before the concert to survey the band's merchandise. I finally settled on this lovely EA t-shirt:
The concert started soon after the promised starting time, and I settled in with my little sister and my boyfriend to enjoy.
I must give Emilie Autumn much kudos for really cleaning up her stage show. There was a marked difference in last night's performance from my first experience in December 2009 that was for the better, at least in my opinion. The show seemed to be the perfect length of 1 hour and 45 minutes, songs transitioned beautifully into each other, and the stage show was very well choreographed. The new stage setup of barred railing was perfectly suitable for the image of an Asylum while still including elements from the stage shows of the past two years such as the large clock and the cart of sweets and tea.
Regarding the crowd, there was yet again a rather different demographic. Last year there were many more older attendees- some people who appeared to be in their late 30s, 40s, and even 50s. The crowd this year seemed to be a good mix of 20 and 30 somethings, and an almost even mix of girls and guys. Emilie Autumn even said at one point that it was amazing- there was almost no comprehensible demographic to the audience. I have to agree- it seemed to be mostly people from a bunch of different subcultures, mostly those centering around the goth or industrial scene.
I had a terrific time. Most of it had to do with the absence of two negative individuals who accompanied me last year, but to enjoy a mix of EA's old and new songs and stage show was such a pleasant surprise. I even managed to catch some cupcake being chucked at the audience, so I got to have a snack mid-show as well.