For their latest album, Polyphia went in an experimental new direction with their music. When they started to promote the new music, they also adopted this new online persona where they would make the facetious proclamation of being "the greatest metal band of all time" and acted like they had a superiority complex that developed from their recent successes. A lot of people took this bit seriously, and labeled them as egomaniacs, but I personally enjoy this side of them for the joke that I think it's supposed to be. Seeing their set at House of Independents on Friday showed me for sure that they’re just a bunch of goofballs that like to have a good time.
Their set was a mix of songs from all of their albums and they were fun to watch. They transitioned between songs seamlessly and without any dead space. Their instrumentation is so technically complex that their ability to perform their songs proficiently while still being able to move around and get into the performance blew me away.
Speaking of being blown away, I have never seen a band without a vocalist command so much charisma and presence over an audience like Polyphia did. Their bassist even got on the mic a couple of times and said “sing it!” to which the crowd responded by yelling the pitch of the guitar part.
The overall vibe of the show felt so genuine and fun, with the band smiling and joking between songs. It felt like an intimate experience where the band is enjoying themselves WITH the crowd. I thoroughly enjoyed their set, and I’m excited to see where they go next and the type of experimentation they’ll take with their sound.