Mary Magdalan featuring OLOM, Young London, and FreeSol
Webster Hall-New York, NY
Words/Photos by LexC
Knowing this show was at Webster Hall I decided to pregame a little bit. Their prices are ridiculous and even if I had the money I wouldn’t pay for drinks. Even a bottle of water is about five dollars. I also needed to waste some time because ended up in the city earlier than planned. So I stopped off at my favorite bar downtown, a little Irish place named Biddy Early’s. I had a few Jack and Cokes, some food and then as I was leaving the bartender offered me a shot of Honey Jack, of course I couldn’t say no. I’m glad for the buzz I had going because I got to the show way too early. Doors were at 7 and I got there only a couple minutes after. I should have waited to go in because as I was wondering in and out wasting time I found out one of the openers was selling tickets for ten bucks. I paid fourteen to get in. But I figured it was okay, I was willing to pay that much to see Mary again, I had paid about 12 the last two times.
After waiting for what felt like forever the first openers FreeSol went on. A couple minutes into the set I was actually glad I got to the venue in time to see them. I had planned on arriving fashionably late enough to miss at least most of the openers. They played a handful of songs that were pretty good. They were kind of like pop and hip hop sounding. Though I never heard of them apparently one of their songs was on Entourage. I looked it up and it’s called “Don’t Give It Up.” The next openers were Young London. They were very pop. Again they played a handful of songs including a cover of “Video Killed the Radio Star.” Next up was OLOM. Finally some damn metal up in this bitch. The singer had a voice made for screaming. I truly think at points he didn’t even need the microphone. They played a pretty long set, longer than I think Mary Magdalan’s ended up being. And they were able to get a little pit going. It got a little more exciting when the singer came off stage and got in it.
I was a little disappointed in Mary Magdalan. I think their last two shows were much better. First of all, it took forever for them to set up. It felt like it took about the same amount of time to setup as it did for them to play their whole set. Then Gzus, Mary’s producer and DJ played a little mini set of dub songs to hype up the crowd, I’m guessing. But I felt that it went on just way too long. One or two songs would have been fine but after that I just started getting bored. The last thing to kill this for me was the choice of songs they played. I’m not sure if it was because of the new album coming out earlier this month or the fact they no longer have their guitarist but they didn’t really play of good mix of songs off all their albums. They started off playing songs off the new album. I was glad they played “Can’t Sleep at Night,” because I really like that song. See its not that I don’t like the new material but I would have loved to hear some older stuff too. They moved into some bits and pieces of songs from the mixtape including their mix of Eminem and Rihanna’s “Love the way you Lie,” which I also really liked. They did play one older song that Gzus said they never played live before. Then they ended the set with one of my least favorite songs”STFU.”
The set felt really short too. Like I said openers OLOM must have played a longer set and they were supposed to be openers. Then again they were the hometown band and had just as many fans there. Even while Mary was on stage they were still more entertaining, dancing to the music and jumping all over each other.
Overall, though I was a little disappointed, it was still a great night. I had fun and met some cool people and found a great new metal band. I would have stayed longer after to see everybody one last time before leaving but I had another place to be. The singer for OLOM, Coy, ended up giving me a cd since he didn’t get a chance to sell me the discounted ticket. Turns out the guitarist is also in the band Mahavatar that opened for Mary last time she played Webster Hall. We realized that we were all at the show and after party and didn’t know it. I would rather not have paid as much as I did but in the end it was still worth it. Though I was too lazy to get any video, I got plenty of great pictures, the full set is posted to my website.