Male - 33 Years Old
Tonight’s show with Maria Taylor and Jimmy Eat World was absolutely incredible on all fronts. First and foremost, the venues for this tour are extremely small for a band of this caliber (Southgate House has ~600 capacity). This aspect made for an intimate show that really allowed the fans to connect with the musical acts, and the bands seemed to thrive off this energy as well.
Indie darling Maria Taylor began the night off with her bittersweet brand of song, and the result was more favorable than I could have guessed. Before I get into any of her music, I have to allow my shallow side to peek out. Indie romantics better wear their emo armor to this show, because you will find just how beautiful Taylor is when she sings. A great voice and endearingly shy demeanor definitely made me a little smitten. Anyways, musically, Taylor was just as appealing. Her alternate version of “Leap Year” and the disarmingly sparse “Clean Getaway” were set highlights, for sure, and Taylor even gave us a new song, which I believe was titled “Time Lapse Lifeline” (if I heard correctly). All in all, a very solid performance, and a great way to set the mood for this mellower show.
After a long set-up interval, Jimmy Eat World hit the stage to start what would end up being an almost 90 minute set. The set was riddled with highlights – favorites like “Table for Glasses,” “Rollerqueen,” “A Sunday,” and “For Me This Is Heaven” threw a pile of bones to longtime fans. Equally pleasing was the attention to detail the band showed to all their songs, especially the brooding “Disintegration” and “Cautioners” which featured guest vocals from Maria Taylor. Jim Adkins sang his ass off the entire night and really surprised me how dynamic and energetic he was, all while sounding great in the process. The band played only one brand new song entitled “Carry You” which is off Chase This Light, the upcoming album the band confirmed will be released October 16th. The band closed out their “normal” set with a wonderful rendition of “23” and then came back out for a three song encore, including a solo acoustic version of “The Middle,” “My Sundown” again with Taylor, and finally, “Hear You Me.”
I really had no idea how tonight’s show would pan out. I had never seen JEW live, and the format of tonight’s show was ambitious to say the least. Nevertheless, the concert was a triumph on all levels. Though it might sound like a bit of hyperbole, tonight’s concert was a pure manifestation of why I love music. If you have any chance whatsoever to see this tour, do what you must. Road trip, buy tickets on eBay, whatever. Just get there, and cherish this once in a lifetime opportunity.