It was last June when we first got introduced to Art of Anarchy through their self titled debut album. While the album was highly received by fans their name came to fruition as Scott Weiland originally expressed no intention on continuing with the band. Unfortunately his untimely death in December left no possibility of that issue being resolved.
This summer, after months of silence, it was announced that Scott Stapp would be stepping up to join Bumblefoot, John Moyer, and the Votta Brothers as Art of Anarchy continues on. Along with that announcement the world was told that a new album was coming as was their debut performance. That debut performance happened this past Thursday at the Gramercy Theatre in NYC.
Going into this show it was unknown what exactly we would be getting. Would it be the debut album redone with Stapp? Would they click and sound as good as they do on “The Madness” single? Was it all hype and no finish?
What we got was a show I don’t think anyone could’ve predicted. All new songs performed live for the first time in front of a crowd that didn’t feel like the first time. From the first words belted out by Scott Stapp on the song “Afterburn” it felt like this band had been together for years not months. Stapp‘s voice sounding just as strong as ever. He showed no signs rust or weakness in his performance as I’m sure some might have been expecting.
As they continued through the set you could see that it wasn’t just a “plug in a singer” move. The interaction between everyone in the band was again as if it’s been done for years live. Bumblefoot and Stapp harmonizing together during “Won’t Let You Down” brought it home even further. Harmonizing isn’t something that just happens. You’ve got to feel comfortable with that person and be able to connect with them.
I found myself not just listening to the new tunes but watching the band enjoy themselves. Jon Votta and John Moyer having fun playing off each other. Moving with each other and not competing for the spotlight like so many new bands do. Vince Votta was tough to see behind his kit but he didn’t need to be seen because he made you feel his presence.
As Art of Anarchy wrapped up playing “The Madness” the crowd was fully pumped and ready for more. But that was it. Just a 6-song taste to wet our appetites. Which is the only down side of the show, it ended too soon. But the old saying is “leave them wanting more”. Well Art of Anarchy definitely left everyone wanting more and seeing how well they completed each other as a band we are in for a lot more from a powerful band.