The venue was a VFW clubhouse type place. Fairly simple with tile floors and not much else. It was also hotter than the devil's balls in there. Hot Gospel was the fifth act to go on so I had a bit of waiting to do. I did want to film however so I made sure to get at least one video from each group. The acts before ranged from easy-core to spoken word so there was a decent variation in sound to keep me entertained.
Then Hot Gospel started setting up for their run. Immediately I felt the cold spooky chill of pure evil wash over me and a voice whispered "It's not a cult". Now I don't have a lot of pictures from their set because I was too busy filming the entire thing for science and in case I disappeared at some point. This was a fairly quick set, plus they had more songs this time around, so unlike last time where they started with the riff from Bulls On Parade they went right into the songs.
I went outside for a bit after their set because again the place was so hot I was melting away. After talking outside for a bit with the guys we went back in. The last act got cut short because the owner of the venue wanted everyone out by a specific time so the bands had to rush to get their stuff out. After the show pretty much everyone went to a diner down the road. It was a good time bonding with the band.
The next day I joined up with Matt at his place of employment, a little coffee shop called Endgrain Coffee. If you enjoy coffee and live in or near New Jersey you really should check them out, I hope they become a franchise someday. It's a little shop that serves excellent coffee in a comfortable environment. When I say "comfortable environment" what I mean is Matt got to play his records the whole time and it's amazing. What better way to enjoy coffee than with Anthony Green and Circa Survive? We were soon joined by the rest of the band. We just talked about everything from life to music and it was a good time.
Then it was time to head home. We all said our goodbyes and headed our separate ways. The journey back up to Connecticut was definitely not as smooth as the ride down as if something was trying to keep me from leaving. It ended up taking about four hours to get back to my house when it should have only taken three. I got to sit in traffic because people do not know how to merge or drive and are terrible.
I'm glad I made the trip though. Unfortunately the band doesn't get to come up my way that often and it was nice to see them on their home turf. It was a great show from them and they're all fun guys to hang out with. So to answer the question, is Hot Gospel a cult? No, but once you're in why would you want to leave?