Isis – 10 Year Anniversary Show Review

Isis 10th Anniversary Show
Slim’s, San Francisco
November 18, 2007

Isis was goddamn amazing. We got there late, and as we were in line waiting for our will call tickets I saw a sign that said Sold Out. I was pretty stoked. I knew it meant the club would be packed full but I was excited knowing that Isis was going to be playing to a sold out crowd at the 10th Anniversary show that I got to attend. Sold out shows can only mean good energy from the band because the crowed has so much to offer. Once we got in there was virtually nowhere to stand, but we found our way. I believe it was Big Business who was playing when we entered, but there was a guitarist on stage with them and as far as I have been able to tell, Big Business is just bass, drums, and vocals. Doesn’t mean someone couldn’t have been guesting with them though.

After their set they broke all their equipment down and things started to get set up for Isis. Other than the guitarist/singer Aaron I wasn’t sure what anyone in Isis looked like, but I recognized him out there tuning guitars and setting things up. I imagined that some of the other guys on stage must’ve belonged to the band as well which I later found out to be true. I find it interesting when bands do their own sound checks or set up their own equipment. I’ve always equated that with being more down to earth, and being less of the rockstar asshole type, not that this is really a be all end all way to judge any of this.

So after a short bit of set up and waiting the members of Isis emerged onto the stage and took their instruments. And then bam! Everything hit. It was an immediate assault of both guitars, the bass, keys, and drums with that signature Isis sound. Even if you hadn’t know what show you were at, from that sound alone it was completely obvious. Very quickly into the first song Aaron came with vocals, screaming into the mic. It was amazing watching this tall, slender guy open his jaw so wide and produce those monstrous screams that are another part of Isis’s signature sound. With each vocalization you could see his neck strain, everything popping out.

Isis proceeded to plow through their set. Unfortunately, I have no idea what the set list is, nor the names of really any of their songs despite what a fan I am, but they played a well rounded set with songs from all of their albums, and performed them with such intensity. It is amazing to watch Isis perform because they all move around so much, writhing along with the muzik and moving about as if their bodies are nearly extensions of their instruments. Towards the end of their set they sank into a long drawn out breakdown section (I believe they were playing Weight) and two other people stepped out onto stage, one guy and one girl. My friends and I think they were probably from the first opening band but we haven’t confirmed that. Those two quickly donned guitars though and joined in with Isis. Then the girl started to do vocals as well. I was so excited at hearing Isis’s muzik being overlayed with female vocals, what a beautiful thing. At first her vocals were someone difficult to here, but I think the sound guy fixed the eq on her mic fairly quickly. After the finish of that song the band walked off stage but the lights remained dim and no one started to remove equipment so it was only going to be a matter of time before they came back out. Everyone started chanting “Isis, Isis, Isis” and it was so powerful, this small sold out club screaming for this band louder and more organized than I can ever remember hearing a crowd call out for a band to return. They came back out and played two more songs before finally ending the show, and goddamn, they were just absolutely amazing. If you missed the Isis 10 Year Anniversary show, then you missed something special. Make sure to catch them next time.

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One Response to “Isis – 10 Year Anniversary Show Review”

  1. Jon Anderson Says:

    The two musicians who played with ISIS on “Weight” were Ayal Naor and Maria Christopher from 27 (the opening band.) Maria Christopher also played on the last song of the night, “Carry.” What’s even more special is that these musicians were present on the album versions of these two songs. We got to see the songs played in their original form

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