Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Eve 6 in Schaumberg, IL
It's been a few days, and we've got the time now to give our recap of the trip to Chicago (Schaumberg, if you're getting technical).
First, the trip itself was a really good time. The drive went quickly, and we had no problems on the way, other than the fact that we decided to drive straight through Ft. Wayne, IN (only reason that was a problem is because it was boring). We made it to the hotel around 3, took a nap, went to dinner and then to the show.
As is usual with shows, there were more bands on the billing than we had originally known. Four bands for the price of two! Can you beat that?
1st band - Footlight Frenzy ((rock))
Decent music, they're a pretty new band (third show). They got better as their set went on. Even though they didn't exactly impress, they put themselves out there. Tips to the singer: the 80s were 17 years ago, and swinging the mic around isn't as cool as it looks. Tips to the bassist and the guys you were hanging out with after your show: being a major asshole is out of style; give it up.
2nd band - White Light Riot ((alt--rock))
I wasn't overly impressed at first (maybe these bands need to rearrange their setlists?) I will say this: either the crowd was more into these guys or more drunk... They both sound the same. Props to the drummer; I have a soft spot for drummers who sing. As an aside, this band played well/loudly enough to knock loose some confetti from a previous show, and a few pieces rained down on them.
3rd band - The Black Mollys ((rock-punk))
The Black Mollys are coming home with us. There's something infectious about performers who are good at what they do who don't take it too seriously. Not the greatest band I've seen, but there's a big difference between the best and a fun show... These guys put on a fucking fun show. They closed with "Sweet Caroline." I don't know about you, but where I come from, that song by anyone other than Neil Diamond kicks ass.
Final Band - Eve 6 (alt-rock-punk)
We have been wanting to see Eve 6 for a long, long time. The show was excellent and we heard a lot of songs that we had wanted to hear. One of the notable things about the show was watching the lead singer (Max). He is probably the least-emotive singer we've seen. It's almost as if it hurt him to smile for the first 3/4s of the show and then, when he did smile, it sort of wandered around his mouth as if it didn't know whether it wanted to stay or go. I, being the geek that I am, kept track of the songs using my phone, so here's the setlist:
Rescue, Promise, Open Road Song, Think Twice, Little Tiny Everything (Sugi Tap), Leech, Anytime, (Some guy jumped on stage, looked like he pinched the lead singer's butt, got pushed off stage, crowd-surfed, and got ejected), Red and Black, Here's to the Night, At Least We're Dreaming, Friend of Mine, On the Roof Again, Inside Out (Mr. Bones), Amphetamines, (encorish-type thing): Pick up the Pieces (Sugi Tap), and Tongue-Tied. (Great set).
(For those of you who didn't know, Eve 6 were broken up for a few years. Max and the drummer had a side project called The Sugi Tap, and those songs now seem to have been made into Eve 6 songs. Hence, the notation by those two songs).
The only ironic thing about the whole experience was that, four days before we left, we saw that Eve 6 were going to be playing in Ohio, some 20 minutes from where we live. =) So, we drove 6-ish hours to see a band that's going to be local to us soon. Oh well, that means that we might be able to get our Ohio show out of the way sooner than we thought.
That was our first show! We're planning our next one for 3-4 months from now, so keep checking in. Suggestions are always welcome.
Posted by Tracy at 8:09 PM