3OH!3 rocks the house
Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 21:09
The band 3OH!3 played a great show for East Tennessee State University Saturday night, and the students showed their appreciation with high energy throughout the performance.
The group, fronted by Nathaniel “Nat” Motte and Sean Foreman of Boulder, Colo., came to ETSU with intentions of playing a back-to-school concert and they got a crowd that was ready for them.
“We had a great time and played some songs that we didn’t expect to,” said Foreman after the concert. “The energy was great, and the crowd was great.”
The songs that he was referring to were songs that they made up on the spot after the audience was yelling things that got misconstrued.
The concert started with football coach Carl Torbush coming on stage before the first act to talk a little football.
“Game day needs to be all day, with tailgating and parties,” said Torbush, also conveying concern that everybody needed to be responsible at football parties while also having a good time.
The audience exploded at the word “party” and it was instantly obvious that they were ready for the music.
The opening act consisted of special guest Ryan Cabrera, from Dallas, singing most of his Billboard songs and a few covers.
Although the songs were mostly slow, acoustic love songs, he kept the attention of most in the crowd.
The audience didn’t seem too interested in songs like “40 Shades of Sadness” but Cabrera’s acoustic sound and slightly raspy voice made up for it in the eyes of at least the female spectators, judging from the sounds of their cheers.
Trying to keep a lighter mood in between songs by making jokes and introducing each song with its history became a little annoying, as did the fact that he broke a string on his first song which took more than five minutes to replace rather than just having another guitar on standby. However, enduring Cabrera was worth it to watch 3OH!3 do their thing on stage.
When Nat and Sean took the stage, the mood instantly lifted with the performance of their hit “Electroshock.”
It seemed that the energy of the band and the audience stayed strong from the beginning to the end of the show. Every time the duo left the stage for a break or a surprising run through the crowd, the audience hung around and wanted more.
The duo had complete control of the show and performed without a glitch.
When asked the crowd to wave their arms or to raise their hands with the popular symbol of 3OH!3, the thumbs and forefingers of each hand touching and other fingers splayed, the crowd complied.
The guys returned their gratitude by performing a high-energy set that was about an hour long, and they played all their favorite hits from past albums and a few new songs off of their new album, “Omens.”
Keeping a good mix of singing and interacting with the crowd by not just asking questions, but listening to the answers, the conversation ran to some rather comical tangents, including an answer that led to a made-up song about soup.
The guys did a few covers based on suggestions, such as a Metallica cover.
During one quick break on stage, Motte actually started signing autographs and then went back to performing. 3OH!3 definitely lived up to and exceeded expectations of concertgoers as many students were heard commenting how much they enjoyed themselves.
Besides Nat and Sean onstage, there was a bass guitarist, a drummer, and a keyboardist with nickname of “Sexy Jesse.” He drew the attention of many women in the crowd. One patron even threw a note on stage, which Sean read, asking for the drummer’s drumsticks.
Sean said that the audience was one of the politest he had ever seen.
The note was signed “Drummer Girl” and the drummer did in fact give up one of his drumsticks for the lucky concert goer, now known as “Drummer Girl.”
After the guys finished up their set, a large crowd hung around hoping to meet and get autographs from the group.
After a short break, the entire band came back out and spent approximately 45 minutes talking and signing autographs for all those who were in line, further showing their appreciation for the fans and the energy of the audience.