Gojira Give New York City a ‘Sauvage’ Performance With Support From Devin Townsend Project
New York is no stranger to Gojira, and the band did not disappoint during the last show of their U.S. tour. The French metallers destroyed Irving Plaza last night (Feb. 19) with help from the Devin Townsend Project and the Atlas Moth.
As a makeup date for a snowed out Feb. 8 gig, the show was the band’s second consecutive concert in New York (after playing the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on Feb. 18). After numerous “Gojira” chants, the band exploded onto the stage with their aptly titled track ‘Explosia’ and went on to play other songs from their latest album like the title track ‘L’Enfant Sauvage’ and ‘The Axe.’
Among the highlights of the set was drummer Mario Duplantier switching places with his frontman brother Joe Duplantier. The stickman delivered some serious guttural vocals while Joe held his own behind the drum kit.
While the band did not play ‘Liquid Fire,’ an infectious song which graced previous setlists, they did play some tunes for the diehards, such as ‘Flying Whales,’ ‘Backbone,’ ‘Wisdom Comes,’ and ‘Oroborus.’
Gojira ended their set with and old fan favorite ‘Vacuity’ and a new fan favorite ‘The Gift of Guilt.’ The band as a whole continue to get better and sweatier onstage and they set the bar high when it comes to the art of forceful live performances.
Devin Townsend is one of the most animated and charismatic performers you can ever see live. With significant facial expressions and mind-blowing vocals, it’s safe to say that Townsend is a truly talented (and hilarious) individual.
When you combine that sort of talent with a kick-ass band, the sparks fly onstage. The chemistry and magnetism of the group as a whole is infectious, to say the least.
The Devin Townsend Project performed a setlist that was far too short but included tracks like ‘More,’ ‘Kingdom,’ ’Lucky Animals,’ ‘Planet of the Apes,’ ‘War’ ‘Juular,’ and of course, ‘Grace.’
Chicago based band The Atlas Moth kicked off the night with their sludgy, metal, psychedelic sound.
Photos of Gojira and the Devin Townsend Project at Irving Plaza in NYC
Devin Townsend Project