Max Bemis Solo Acoustic “Rarities” Record Release Show
Red 7 in Austin, TX on January 26th, 2013
As a huge fan of all things Max Bemis, I was incredibly excited for his sold out acoustic show on Saturday. Bemis playing quite and extensive set with a huge variety of songs made the set all the more enjoyable.
Since the line to get in after doors opened took over an hour, I only heard a couple songs from The Wealthy West (Brandon Kinder of The Rocketboys) once I finally got in earshot while outside. However, his set sounded great and you could just tell how grateful he was to be there. Something about a sense of genuineness among live artists, where you can truly tell that they are honored to be where they are, goes a long ways nowadays.
The eccentric Nina Diaz (of Girl in a Coma) played one of the most unusual sets I’ve ever seen – but I mean this in a positive light. Diaz would play a guitar line, loop it, and then play a different chord over it. While doing this, she would sing a vocal piece or do anomalous breathing patterns and harmonies. All the while, she would switch on and off between looping guitar lines and vocal pieces throughout her set. It was unlike anything I had ever seen done at a live show before.
Wasting no time at all, Max Bemis came out with just his acoustic guitar. Charismatic and amusing, Bemis made sure we all knew he felt at home among the packed crowd with his continuous humor and comments. As expected due to the nature of the show, he started out playing old cuts, with moments like the chorus of “Colorblind” (“And I move too slow and I think too fast / And the first rainbow I see will be the last”) and the unexpected “Try to Remember, Forget” making these classics incredibly memorable as the crowd yelled along.
Aside from the “rarities,” Bemis played all of the fan favorites, from “Woe” to “Every Man Has A Molly.” “The Church Channel” came across great acoustic, and the yelling of “So lay your head on me” circling throughout the crowd. A fan even convinced Bemis to play “Yellow Cat (Slash) Red Cat.” Following all of this, the set ended with a few unexpected songs. The lovely Sherri joined Max to sing Perma’s new song “Knockout” after Max played The Painful Splits’ “Ms. Martin.” So, yes, it truly was a night of rarities.
Being in Austin for college these past months has made me realize how much music there really is out there. Moreover, being able to attend special, rare shows like this one makes me feel all the more excited to be here. This night proved yet again that Bemis can clearly put on a mean, exciting show, easily being one of the best frontman of “our scene.”