DEAD SARA + SECRET EMPIRE + DIAMONDS UNDER FIRE @ THE EL REY THEATRE

May 11th, 2013 | Photos

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Photos and words by Ethan Shvartzman
After working and touring their asses off – opening for Muse, Garbage and others, locals Dead Sara headlined the El Rey Theatre. The band set the venue ablaze with a larger-than-life, in-your-face set which included an incredible cover of Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name.” The show was sold out (of course) and was packed with a sweaty crowd who danced, rocked, and moshed. All the while, leader singer Emily Armstrong felt as if she were flying over our heads like a rock goddess, supported by her amazing band. Though somewhat short, the set packed a hefty punch with many highlights, including hit “Weatherman.”


Secret Empire’s set oscillated between industrial, punk, and hard rock, delivering a deafening sound through a wash of electronics – perfectly summarized by the set closer “Plastic Wrist.”

Diamonds Under Fire started the show on a high note, whipping the audience into a frenzy. I felt as though they formed a perfect bond with the crowd – wetting our appetite for feast about to come.

Setlist:
Sorry for It All
Test on My Patience
Monumental Holiday
I Said You Were Lucky
Face to Face
Dear Love
Feeling Empty
Whispers & Ashes
Lemon Scent
Killing in the Name 
(Rage Against the Machine cover) (Freedom Outro)
Encore:
Blue Was the Feeling for You
Weatherman