Outside it was cold and raining, but inside the House of Blues Anaheim on Thursday night, Feb. 21, 2008, a capacity-crowd was warmed by a strong set from headliner Third Day and a groundbreaking appearance from relative newcomer the Myriad.
One of Christian music's most successful rock outfits, Third Day came to Anaheim as part of a short six-date club tour to gear up for a full-fledged spring tour. So while the band only played 75 minutes, fans were treated to the band's best-known hits, as well as some particularly promising songs set for release on the band's next studio release.
Third Day has honed a Southern rock sound that is rooted in the territory of Lynyrd Skynyrd but also boasts a heavy guitar crunch associated with neo-grunge bands such as Three Doors Down and Creed. That doesn't tell the full story, since Third Day's material is always melodic and features uplifting choruses that draw comparisons to U2's approach.
The band explored the full range of its sonic territory, playing the scorching "Rockstar," midtempo material such as "Who I Am" and praise songs ("King of Glory," "God of Wonders") that had many in the audience lifting their arms into the air.
Singer Mac Powell sang with power and conviction throughout the night, his baritone showcased on the soaring "Tunnel" and "My Hope Is You."
The group also played several new songs, with "Call My Name" especially effective with its undeniable chorus.
The Myriad is a young, up-and-coming band out of Seattle whose sound draws comparisons with the Cure, Radiohead and Snow Patrol, but is unique enough to warrant the band's growing buzz.
"A Clean Shot," one of the six songs performed by the band, was a highlight of the 30-minute set. But the lush and artful sound made by the quintet is as much a part of the Myriad as the songs themselves. Following the lead of Sigur Ros, the band even used a violin bow on the electric guitar at times to dramatic effect.
The Myriad is set to release "With Arrows, With Poise" on Koch Records in April and based on the group's wonderful set in Anaheim, it should rank on one of the most anticipated rock albums of 2008.
The night's opening group Revive performed a short set of four songs. The Australian group is one of the Christian rock's emerging voices and has a strong card in lead singer Dave Hanbury, whose impressive voice was especially forceful on the riff rock-styled "Can't Change Yesterday."