Gush: Saves the Day

I was fifteen when Saves the Day In Reverie came out and I fell in love. I’m nearly thirty and I still love the album. It was cute to hear this recent interview with my hero from my teen years. The interviewer apologized to Chris for trashing his album from over ten years ago – 

Going Off Track Person – “Hey, it took me like ten years, but I finally came around on In Reverie
Chris Conley – “No worries, man. I made a whole album that sounded like “Freakish””

Gush: ‘Turn on the Bright Lights’ by Interpol

Working in a hip bar means gushing over good music with customers. One really awesome dude, about five years older than me got on a rant about the evolution of rock over the last twenty years. He said he’s finally given into the indie rock genre.

The dude who’s in his early thirties reminisced of the early 2000s, listing off the benchmark albums of that time. He specifically highlighted The National’s Boxer, The Strokes This Is It and Interpol’s Turn on the Bright Lights.

My introduction to Turn on the Bright Lights was through a fella I fancied in 2005, three years after the album’s release. My lost love raved about how good it was, especially in comparison to their follow-up, Antics. Ten years later I finally got to seeing them play live at Toronto festival, Field Trip.

Revisiting this album in the wee hours at work, I’ve gotta say that the customer at my work isn’t off and did me a huge favour to remind me how brilliant Turn on the Bright Lights is.

The first three songs are on repeat today.

Ani songs no. two: “Destiny” by Zero 7


When I was seventeen, my ears were exposed to the smooth, sexy sounds of trip hop. Somewhere in that time, Zero 7’s album ‘Simple Things’ had become, and still remains to be, one of my favourite albums from start to finish. In the twelfth grade, I got my hands on a physical copy of the album and I remember my good pal Ani freaking out because he claimed that it was so hard to find.

A bit later, my friend Sean and I chipped in and bought him a copy of it. Every time I see a used copy of it in stores, I think of Ani fondly.

Brand New and Cursive at the Guelph Concert Theatre; Friday August 3, 2012

First off, let me take this opportunity to freak out !JK!LJKLFJKLA:JSFKLDS:FJKDSJF;kldskljfdjKL!!!! because Cursive, a day after I saw them, played an Osheaga after party playing their album ‘Domestica’ from start to finish.

Here’s a picture my friend Kurtis snapped of the gig:

Moving on, Cursive put on a good show as Brand New’s openers. It was obvious that the crowd didn’t really know their music. On the other side of things, maybe it was good they had positive endorsement from a band like Brand New with such a devoted fan base, a golden opportunity to adopt newer, younger fans. Being the luckiest gal in the world, I’ve seen Cursive play on two occasions this year. At their usual, Horseshoe Tavern haunts and in Guelph.

Comparing their two sets, this set was rockier with next to no chitter-chatter throughout the set. Lead singer Tim Kasher apparently had nothing to say. The set was dominated by hard rocking tunes with the exception of a few songs, of them notably was – “Driftwood: A Fairy Tale.” Surprisingly, the only played three tracks off of ‘The Ugly Organ’ – “Sierra” and “Art is Hard.”

I hope they made a few more fans off of this tour… I also hope they’ll continue to do headlining shows of their own at smaller venues, because that’s the way to see Cursive, a band who’s painfully honest and hardworking.

Brand New were good. I feel like they’ve reached a level of insane popularity selling out three Ontario dates!! They’ve seemed to established good rhythm in their sets, playing a few tunes off of each album, usually in blocks. I find myself completely ignorant to ‘Daisy’ tracks, although I did make the effort to purchase the album a few months back. I appreciate ‘The Devil and God Are Raging Within Me’ but my love really lies in their first two albums. With lyrics like “This isn’t high school” and “We’re gonna stay 18 forever…” I am completely nostalgic for both ‘Deja Entendu’ and ‘Your Favourite Weapon.’ Fortunately, Brand New still do dabble in the two albums. I was thrilled to hear these tunes all stacked together:

Sic Transit Gloria (Glory Fades)
I Believe You But My Tommy Gun Don’t
The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot
Jude Law and the Semester Abroad
Seventy Times Seven

That definitely made the show for me.

They played a few nods to Modest Mouse playing them at the beginning of the show and as an alternate ending of “The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot.” They also nodded to Nirvana.

The last time I saw Brand New I went alone and had few expectations. I was rudely awakened when I found a huge sing-a-long and much rockier songs. I shouldn’t be very surprised, the last three times I’ve seen them, I felt the harder tunes. This time, I went with a Brand New-loving batch of friends who hung on to every word, putting myself to shame. The venue was hot as hell and we’d had a few pints. We were the obnoxiously loud singers, hopefully not spoiling the less-than-rowdy couple next to us.

No encore was played.