Ok, fine, I've never done one of these before. And truth be told, nobody asked me to do this one. But I went to the Favorite Gentlemen Tour tonight in Brooklyn, NY. For me, going in, it was more like the All Get Out solo show and maybe a few other bands would show up but who cares as long as All Get Out plays the hits. I'm just trying to set up context. Just go with it.
Look, i spent two years of my life in Atlanta. Basically, the last two years of my life. It was an interesting time that saw me becoming a person and less of a baby. But that's not what this is about, obviously, other than the fact that most of the bands on tonight's bill are from somewhere near Atlanta. Me living in Atlanta and seeing a rock show in Brooklyn are not really connected, nor are they particularly interesting. Also, I had never heard of any of these bands, except for All Get Out, before today. Impressive.
I missed Junior Astronomer's set, despite them being the band that I listened to the most today when I tried to binge on Favorite Gentlemen Tour bands. The singer sounds like the dude from We Were Promised Jetpacks, and the music sounds like a drunken night in your parents' backyard. I don't know what they sound like live, but the crowd always cheered very loud when they were mentioned. So let's go with: they were great. I wish I hadn't gone to a bar with some friends and stayed too long. Then I would have enjoyed their best song "Settle Down" like it was supposed to be heard: screamed over a loudspeaker with lots of sweat and blood.
But i saw Death on Two Wheels' set and it was a barn burner. So full of energy and southern swagger. Most of the members weren't even wearing shirts with sleeves! So perfect. Man that lead singer yelled alot. But in a good way. He definitely pumped me up and their songs are something like a hard drinking saturday and a harder drinking sunday. So great. For head banging craziness, mixed with the smooth drawl of Georgia, don't sleep on this band. It just felt like they would go on forever, and keep smacking us over the head with simple, meaningful rock music.
Harrison Hudson came next. And as a 3 piece they made noise. It was that sort of smooth rock sound that was probz cool in like 1950, except they made it relevant and intelligent. It felt very now and very retro. IDK, it was just exciting to hear a band who didn't care about your scene or your expectations, but still appreciated noise and intelligence and doing something different. But on a more specific note, their song "Bookstore Girl" is just a slow jam and a half. I could listen to that tune all day, and it should probably be on the radio or at least satellite radio if that's still a thing.
And then, at last, All Get Out came out. Man, this was a treat. I have played their album The Season no less than 300 times this year. It was one of those records that hit me instantly. One of those albums that just felt important and long-lasting. And to hear songs like "My Friends" and "Subject To Change" and "The Season" played with such passion was amazing. I was totally that annoying guy screaming every word and jumping around and I spilled my drink all over my shirt. But the true treat was how the band played closer "Let Me Go." I've never heard a venue so silent as when the singer was screaming the lyrics without the mic. He was just connecting, man. It was like nothing I've ever seen, yet I knew the whole time they were about to explode on us. The drummer, who was facing the wall, instantly turns around, throws a drumstick in the air, catches it, and starts beating the hell out of those things. And the whole band just lets us have it. They just go to town, playing some of the loudest riffs and catchiest riffs I've ever heard. I took a brief second to look around and realized that everyone at the show was just ENTHRALLED. It was one of those very rare "shared moments," when all of the people in the nearby radius were thinking the same thing. In this case, we were all thinking: holy crap, can these guys play forever? In fact, someone even said that as they were walking off-stage. The band kept going, but I so so so so so wish they would have answered the fan's prayer and kept rocking. Because then I'd be there listening instead of writing this.
So I don't know how many dates are left on this tour or anything of real substance. But I know this is one of the most rocking and charismatic shows I've been to this year. It's not too expensive and it's filled with lots of people who just dig tunes. And who dig meeting people who dig tunes. So come on out. See a show. Learn something about passion. Learn something about going for it all.