A Gathering of None & More
Live Show Review
July 14, 2018
By Nina McCarthy, Senior Music Journalist
Boston Rock Radio
Mindy had covered A Gathering of None in an album review and interview. When we saw they would be playing Saturday, July 14th at The Cove in Worcester, MA we made immediate plans to be in attendance. I don’t think we were fully prepared for what took place that night!
Arriving early to catch up and have a drink together, AGON frontman TB noticed us and asked if we had any trouble getting in. I recognized him but it wasn’t until later that it all came back to me. The Negans, yes, named after The Walking Dead character, opened the night, bringing fast punk tinged rock n’ roll and we could not sit any longer. In Season 4 of TWD, Mika, Lizzie’s sister, calms her down by telling her to “look at the flowers.” I think the highlight of The Negan’s set was the song “Lizzie’s Lament...look at the flowers.”
Damnation is a band I’ve seen a couple times before at this same venue. This handsome trio combines the melodic punk sound with a love of horror and dark romance. I enjoyed their set, as always. I have to admit that when art-rock band Potsy hit the stage, I was overheated from the humidity and had to step outside. The great thing about The Cove is that you can still hear the bands clearly from the sidewalk right outside the door, so that’s where I enjoyed most of their songs. I saw a group of guys walking around with black and white painted faces, which turned out to be the Casket Creatures, also known as Atlanta’s drunkest horror rock band and they were a great addition to this horror themed night. They have a new album coming out in May 2018. We’ll have to get our hands on that for review.
Fans of Blitzkid (1997-2012), horror punk band out of West Virginia are well aware of who bassist singer, and songwriter Argyle Goolsby is. Playing this night with his electric band, The Roving Midnight. This was actually my first time seeing Goolsby in his solo project and they were fantastic. He presented with a vampire-like presence, representing the monster we all have within. My knee was killing and I wanted to sit but sitting is just not an option I when I hear good punk. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the guitarist in The Roving Midnight was none other than Michale Graves’ current guitarist and road manager, Carlos “Loki” Cofino, who I had the pleasure of chatting with the last time Graves played The Cove. Ending the set, Goolsby perched himself on the front monitor reminding me of a perched vampire bat in search for its next victim.
A Gathering of None, the reason we stumbled across this sensational lineup of a show, took the stage at last. We loved them from our very first listen of their third album, One Last Grasp at Hope which was released in March. Initially, AGON started as a one person project by TB but now is a quintet uniquely with the members being located all over the country that work together remotely. Together on stage they played and harmonized like a well oiled machine - smooooooth! Speaking of Blitzkid, AGON frontman and guitarist TB, was also a member along with Goolsby and that’s where I had recognized him from, my earlier punk years. AGON’s songs were dark, but with an underlying positive message, “a slightly haunting yet emboldened musical trip” Mindy and I thoroughly enjoyed their set, especially Mindy, being the most familiar with the songs, as she had listened repeatedly in order to writing her review and interview questions for TB. Impressive harmonies, heavy guitars, skillful drumming, and thumping bass had the crowd engaged. I was glad I finally caught A Gathering of None live. They did not disappoint.
Blitzkid members Goolsby and TB not only impressed me with their respective bands but gave the audience a treat, ending the night by playing a few Blitzkid songs together. As Goolsby stated, “I haven’t played these songs since we were both in a room together playing these songs,” most likely that was in 2012 when Blitzkid disbanded. Despite a couple rough starts and discussion of what to play, which for not playing together for six years was expected, they killed it. The crowd was going wild, moshing and fighting their way to singing along in the microphone. Smiles abounded. A perfect ending to a punk fueled night. Thank you Worcester.
My only regret of the evening was not being able to speak to the various band members, but when it was finally quiet, I could think of nothing but the dreaded ride home at 2am. I can honestly say, I completely enjoyed this entire lineup from start to finish and it was one of the most enjoyable nights I’ve had in a long time. I hope these bands come back again soon.
© Boston Rock Radio 2018
 Mindy Stevenson, Review of One Last Grasp at Hope for Boston Rock Radio