Saturday night saw the last show from Houston via Sugar Land's The Jonbenet, who quite nearly tore apart Walter's on Washington with a 15-song set covering the band's history from 2003 on. Lead singer Michael Murland whipped the crowd into a fine frenzy, with the pit churning and dripping with happy nostalgia as the band ran through songs from 2005's The Plot Thickens and its follow-up, 2006's Ugly/Heartless. These songs are indelibly ingrained in the Houston hardcore zeitgeist and judging from the assembled throng's reaction, they will be sorely missed around town even if their appearances have been few and far between in recent years due to band members working on other projects. Stage divers were coming dangerously close to ripping down the venue's two ceiling fans closest to the stage. The floor on the pit was as slippery as the ice rink at the Galleria, and at least one member of the Rocks Off's extended blogger family was seen running headlong into the pit to get his proverbial rocks off.
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Aftermath can only hope that the band will pull a "Houston" and reconvene for another "last" show in the next year or so. We remember seeing these guys as young and hungry kids back in 2003 playing at the old Mary Jane's Fat Cat, which is now the Aggie Brohalla known as Pearl Bar, or busting up the old Proletariat with God's Temple Of Family Deliverance in 2006.
Who knows, maybe a yearly Jonbenet show can become the hardcore version of the annual 30 Foot Fall Christmas show at Fitzgerald's. But all indications do honestly point to this being the bands swansong and we are proud to have been there for the last hoorah.