Dope Rocks Suburban Theater
By Randy J. Klodz
Dope, a hard-rocking band from New York City, brought its usual set of
fury-filled songs to pack a 60-minute punch at the Clearwater Theater in suburban
West Dundee on Dec. 18.
Though Dope—which includes Edsel Dope on vocals, Virus on guitar,
Sloane Jentry on bass and Racci Shay on drums—played to a half-filled
theater, those in attendance for this rescheduled date were in for a treat.
Dope hit heavy early, and often.
Though Dope’s most recent release, “Group Therapy,” has some mellower
tracks such as “Easier” and “Another Day Goes By,” Dope stuck to the heavy-hitting
anthems from earlier albums by playing tracks such as “Sick,” “Take Your Best
Shot,” “Everything Sucks,” and “Now or Never,” among others.
Dope played most of the set in the shadows, only allowing rare splashes
of light to rise through a series of metal stairs that Edsel Dope, Virus and
Jentry often perched upon throughout the set. A series of smoke machines also
made the stage appear like something out of a horror film.
Since this show was rescheduled from an earlier date, Dope played this
show on what was originally scheduled to be a “day off” for the band. Edsel
Dope reminded those in attendance of this, and gave the fans an hour filled
with rocking, and humor.
To lighten the mood, halfway through the set Edsel Dope took a few minutes
to talk with the crowd between songs. After allowing Jentry to tell a joke
about a pirate, Edsel said that “this should be ‘Edsel Dope’s Comedy Hour’.”
He continued: “I could do a song and dance—wait I already do that.”
Dope tours the nation non-stop, so it won’t be long before Dope returns
to the Chicago area to do another “song and dance.” For more information on
Dope, log on to www.dopearmy.com.