Dredg @ the Fillmore (May 11th, 2006)

Kevin Keating
Thursday was a busy day. Having spent most of the day in Los Angeles attending the E3 video game convention, I flew home to drive up to the Fillmore in San Francisco to catch a sold out show by the band, Dredg. This was probably the 8th or 9th time I've been able to catch Dredg over the past 4 years and they just keep getting better and better. They were supposed to be filming the concert for an upcoming DVD release too, but I didn't see a single video camera throughout the night, so I'm assuming their plans changed. Either way, they played for nearly two hours covering material from all 3 of their albums.

Having been a fan for the past few years, I'm amazed that these guys haven't exploded! Most likely, the biggest challenge for these guys is that their music isn't easy to classify. I like to compare them to a harder Pink Floyd, a pseudo hard-progressive-rock band with fantastic vocals and pounding drums, but their sound doesn't quite fit with the current rock-radio mold. The crowd was filled with young "myspace" kiddies and besides the bands' family members, I think I was probably one of the oldest people in the crowd. I'll try and post a setlist if I get the chance, but if you haven't already heard of the band, check them out asap. I've also posted a few crappy phone pix here.

Search on YouTube and you can find a ton of Dredg videos, but here's one from their recent performace at the Metro in Chicago.

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