Event Review: The Flying Tigers
Park West, Chicago, IL
A mid-week show is always a treat. I wasn't sure what to expect when I arrived at Park West and began waiting in line amongst people who were practically all on their cell phones telling their friends that they were waiting in a line.
The venue was just a little under 1/2 full when I arrived. It was a Q101 contest event to see Trik Turner. I'm actually embarrassed to say that I wasn't even aware of the fact that the headlining band was Trik Turner…probably because I was there to see The Flying Tigers, and didn't have a chance to see what the night's event had in store.
The people inside ranged from 20 something to 50 something. The stage itself was small, and Park West's interior lends itself to being a welcoming environment. An environment that filled up very quickly.
The crowd, who was basically there only for Trik Turner, wasn't too sure what to expect when they saw these three somewhat ordinary looking guys take the stage. The band that had gone on before had a Limp Bizkit type of musical style that suited their bleached blonde hair, gold chains, and other hooligan accessories. They seemed to have gotten along well with the not-so-sober frat boys in the front row. But, how were the Flying Tigers going to do?
The band, emerging from the audience, quietly took the stage and their respective instruments. Lead singer Ryan Martin appeared bashful, and somewhat self-conscious, in a pleasant school- boy way. He greeted the crowd with a smile, and went into his first guitar riff of the night.
I had been anticipating seeing the Flying Tigers live, ever since reviewing their debut CD earlier in the week. I couldn't help but wonder what mannerisms and specialties this band would display when playing live, because their music is just so full and explosive.
Essentially, they rocked the house. The crowd was not only surprised, but also impressed (most especially those couple of guys with the Alice in Chains t-shirts on). The band just came out, and gave it all they had. Their performance was heartfelt, simple, strong, and confident. Between the three of them, the Flying Tigers kept the attention of the crowd in a rare and captivating way.
Before they came on, another photographer asked me if I had heard of the Flying Tigers before. I told him, in turn, that I had reviewed their CD earlier in the week. He asked me if I thought they were going to become big…I said, without a doubt…yes.