A long eight-year journey for the metalcore act Texas In July comes to conclusion at the end of this year after the band’s current tour, dubbed “The Final Tour.” While the band was never able to crash through that glass ceiling many bands in the scene struggle to make it past, that's not to say this band won't be missed and will most certainly be remembered by fans for years to come. Last night’s vigorous show at the Agora provided confirmation of the group’s significance.
The band kicked off the performance with high energy and held absolutely nothing back. The show didn't attract that big of a crowd; it would have been great to see the last performance in Cleveland greeted by a gigantic crowd, however this simply wasn't the case. Even though there may not have been a huge crowd or even a medium-sized crowd at that, singer J.T. Cavey made sure to bring the crowd into the show, kneeling down occasionally and screaming directly into the faces of fans and handing the mic over to them.
Performances of fan favorites like “Cry Wolf,” “Bed of Nails” and “Aurora” showed how technically savvy Texas In July is. Adam Gray is one of the best drummers in the scene, and he showed off his amazing abilities. It's a shame he won't have the platform to showcase just how good he is after this tour, and hopefully he doesn't stay out of the game long because it would be a shame for such a good drummer to hang it up. Additionally, the guitar work was tight and technical. Not once did it miss a beat. Texas In July has always been known as a faster and more technical band, and live they bring just that.
Toward the end of the set, Cavey ventured off stage and left the rest of the band playing, showcasing all their abilities. It was a great moment for fans to just sit back and relish in the band playing one last time. Arguably one of the band’s most popular songs, the final song of the night, “Hook, Line and Sinner,” provided a chill inducing moment where fans realized this was it and the band was truly saying goodbye.
Opening up the night after a few local bands was Invent, Animate. Nothing much about the performance stood out, as the scattered crowd was dead and the sound mix was far from good. Everything sounded like somewhat of a garbled mess as guitars blended into vocals and everything was hard to pick out from one another. To The Wind received more of reaction from the fans mainly because of the high energy from the band. The whole band played like it was performing in front of a packed and sold out house when it was the exact opposite. A band that brings that much energy to even the smallest of shows is something to look out for. They brought a good genuine hardcore feel and sounded crisp throughout the whole performance.
The last of the supporting acts was Reflections, a group which gathered the most crowd participation of the whole night to that point. The band started off slow, playing two softer songs that didn't have harsh vocals and had more of a mellow, jam feel to them. After the second song, however the band totally switched genres and went full blown metal. The switch can most easily be described as a mess. There seemed to be no structure to anything. The band randomly inserted slow chugging breakdowns. It's not to say the band’s musicianship was bad, as the vocalist can sure as hell scream, the drummer was damn good and the guitarists and bassist could most certainly shred. It was just a confusing, and at times unappealing sound.