Both excitement and gloom overwhelmed the Bottom Lounge (1375 W. Lake St.) on Oct. 26 when longtime band The Chariot played its last show in Chicago as part of its farewell tour.
After 10 years of aggressive music and relentless touring, The Chariot is disbanding. In its usual style, it is going out with a goodbye tour with Glass Cloud, Birds in Row, To the Wind and Rebuker — all of which presented a perfect, complementary lead-up to The Chariot’s intense set.
French metalcore band Birds in Row was like a surprising Christmas present from your grandma — it’s exactly what you never knew you wanted. There was almost no interaction with the crowd, but the band members’ deep connection to the music was all that was needed.
On the contrary, Glass Cloud vocalist Jerry Roush joked with the audience in between the band’s hostile but lively songs.
But The Chariot’s faithful fans went nuts when the band opened with “Evan Perks.” The energy of both the band and its fans remained high throughout the entire set, which featured some new and some old songs. It was a bittersweet goodbye to a cherished and genuine hardcore punk band.
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