Me the Horizon
that they hail from Sheffield, Yorkshire, you might think
Bring Me the Horizon would have both pedigree and class.
However, questions about both of these qualities have dogged
the popular death-rockers since their inception in 2004.
The bands’ original heavy deathcore style drew the Brits’
attention for its brutality, but their credibility was quickly
called into question because, well, people thought—gasp—the
band might be trend jumpers.
The class problem has been an issue since R. Kelly-esque
allegations were leveled against vocalist Oliver Sykes:
Namely, that he had urinated on and attacked a female fan
after she had refused his sexual advances. Sykes eventually
was charged for the peeing, but not the attacking.
The band have revamped their sound on their second full-length
CD, Suicide Season (the album cover of which classily
depicts a young emo woman holding her intestines in her
hand) to contain a more radio-friendly emo vibe. Takling
America (hopefully without the urinating bit) on their first
stateside tour, the boys in BMTH are sure to charm young
malcontents with classy songs such as “No Need for Introductions,
I’ve Read About Girls Like You on the Backs of Toilet Doors.”
Bring Me the Horizon will charm your daughter’s pants off
tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 12) at 7 PM at Northern Lights (1208
Route 146, Clifton Park). Tickets are $15. For more info,
call the box office at 371-0012.
it’s that holly-jolly, holiday time of year, and Christmas
shows abound at the Capital Region’s plethora of local theaters.
But if you’re already feeling up to your ears in Christmas
joy, the Conservatory at Shakespeare & Company is offering
a classic tale with nothing that has nothing to do with
Christmas. Well, except for the title.
Traditionally, Twelfth Night may be the final evening
of those oft’ caroled 12 days of Christmas, but Twelfth
Night is more commonly recognized as the title of the
Bard’s beloved comedy of love, lust, learning, twins, transvestitism
and mistaken identities.
The Conservatory at Shakespeare & Company is a highly-select,
13-week intensive program in classical theater training
for working actors, and the 2008 Conservatory culminates
in the two-night-only presentation of Twelfth Nightr.
Check it out, and you won’t find yourself bemoaning, like
the lewd Sir Andrew, “Oh, had I followed the Arts!”
Night will be presented at Shakespeare & Company’s
new Elayne P. Bernstein Theater (70 Kemble St., Lenox, Mass.)
tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday (Dec. 12-13) at 7 PM. Tickets
are $12, and can be purchased by calling the S&C box
office at (413) 637-3353.
Pro Musica, one of the region’s premiere vocal ensembles,
pride themselves on their wide-ranging repertoire. So it
comes as no surprise that This Yool Night, the name given
the two holiday concerts they’re presenting this weekend,
features songs “spanning the Renaissance to today.”
After opening with a trio of contemporary works from Canada
and Norway, the program will mix traditional carols (“Angels
We Have Heard on High,” “O Holy Night”) with choral works
from around the world, including “Blessed Son of God” by
Ralph Vaughn Williams. According to artistic director David
Griggs-Janower, the show “will include quite and tender
songs that evoke the dark and silent winter night, as well
as a rollicking, bluesy visit by the big guy in the red
Albany Pro Musica will perform Saturday (Dec. 13) at 8 PM
at the First Reformed Church of Scotia (224 N. Ballston
Ave., Scotia), and Sunday (Dec. 14) at 3 PM at the Carondolet
Hospitality Center (St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Route
155, Latham). Tickets are $25, $23 seniors and $10 students.
For more info, call 438-6548.