I had zero intention of going out but listened to a couple of songs streaming on the band’s site and literally got my ass off the couch to hit this show (after stopping by and shooting Deer Tick earlier in the night). Unfortunately, I missed a few songs from the beginning of the set but man is this band so good. It’s actually just Darren Jesse (Ben Fold Five’s former drummer) and any studio session dudes he gets to play with him on the albums and perform live with. This is easily one of my new favorite bands as the two most recent albums I picked up at the show are fantastic folk rock that I cannot eject from my player. Hopefully there will be lots more from Darren on this blog in the future. I just love discovering new great bands.
I was really excited to see this band. They released one of my favorite albums of last year and the set they put on didn’t disappoint. I have been fortunate to have seen a string of great sets within the last couple of weeks and this ranks near the top. Super cool guys to boo which always goes a long way for me in my overall appreciate of a band and their music.
Bummed that I missed the first band Unicycle Loves You but arrived just as MMOSS was starting. Hanging with Manny as the band played, there’s probably no one more fun to hang with talking and describing a band’s music with in this city than him.
This was going to be one hell of an epic night of concerts shoots. I had six bands lined up at three different venues and all that ever came out of the entire evening was a couple of shots of Mitten soundchecking. Details are too sad (or lame) to convey here. If you ever see me out and have a burning desire to know what went down introduce yourself and ask. Until then, here’s my man Brendan’s account of what went down at the T-Bird.
I ended up really liking this band. They are from Pittsburgh. Go check them out.
The band has only played four locals gigs this year and I made it my mission to see every one of them. Steve is even considering designating me the honorary fifth member of the band. Billy Preston got nothing on me! More from the group in my end of the year wrap-up soon.
It’s hard to argue with the fact that the band is quickly becoming one of the city’s ‘breakout’ bands. They are in Chicago right now, working hard doing the publicity thang and if they follow label mates Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller into the national spotlight, they won’t be playing Brillobox too much longer. I can’t wait because they are such nice and talented people, they totally deserve it.
My first time seeing the band. As always Dave brings something different to the party, this night it was three interpretive dancers. Watching the set with Donora’s Casey, I mentioned that this is a weird bill. The two bands are very different. Her sarcastic response, “Yeah, I don’t think our fans are that sophisticated”. She may have a point…;)
It seems that this show was an EP release gig is secondary to the fact that it was also the last time the band would be playing with Andy on guitar. The future is uncertain for the remaining trio and plans vary depending on which one of them you talk to. I have hope that the band carries on in some form and nothing can take away the memories they as a group (and more importantly, as friends) have given me personally. More photos from the night here.
Amazingly, this was my first show at GA this year. I was actually there in the Spring but bailed when Fergus & Geronimo were running late and weren’t playing till 11 p.m. on a school night. Bummer. I think this set to celebrate the release of ‘City Paper cover boys’ super fun CD more than made up for it as these guys came out of the gate ON FIRE and never let up. This band is exciting as hell live and the joy they exude is unbelievable. My man Ohad was there taking some super awesome shots of his own, which you check out here.
The guys invited me over to their practice to take some rehearsal shots for possible publicity purposes (the above photo not considered, I am sure) as they plan to release a new EP at the end of the year. That night they coincidentally received the master and aside from hearing them run through the material live, I was privy to listening to the studio versions as well. It’s nice having an ‘in’ to the Pittsburgh music scene I must say. They are playing out this upcoming Monday where you too can hear the new stuff they are working on.
I was out and about on Friday and received an email blast from the band reminding me they were at the T’Bird. It’s been too long since I have seen them and popped in for a little bit. Looking forward to new music soon from the band.
I really like this record. I can’t stress that enough. That being said, they were good live but not ‘mind blowing’. Maybe my expectations were way too high? The band seemed really reserved and shy. What does that have to do with anything? Absolutely nothing. And for the record, this might have been my last shoot at Brillobox unless they replace the only two stage lights they had and for whatever reason took them away? Bummer.
First time seeing the band with the new line-up. Have to gush and say they sounded so great. It was also Carrie’s ‘Dirty Thirty’ at midnight. Hard to believe that when she was born, I already knew my wife for two years!
What more can I say? I really dig these guys. Getting a shout out from the stage? Bonus! Thanks Kelly.
I have been listening to the band’s latest a lot since I got it and for their release show they played the whole thing straight through, guest musicians and all. The fifth song on the album is quickly becoming my favorite song so far this year and it’s about collecting junk? Sweet.
Near of the end of the band’s set as they were blasting through one of their last songs, I remember wondering to myself, “Could this be the best band in Pittsburgh?” Do yourself a favor and catch these guys live. No matter if they are opening for Weezer or playing a bowling alley, they rock out as if their lives depended on it. So much fun. More photos here.
Tonight is the big release show for Chad and the boys at the T’Bird. I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy last week and have been jamming it ever since. This is going to be a blast especially with Triggers supporting. There are articles here and here about the gig (with cool photos to boot!) The band was nice enough to participate in this ‘CD Release’ edition of First/Last Friday.
Thanks so much fellas. I love the new songs and I am really looking forward to hearing them live tonight.
I was really excited to see Big Hurry on this night as I haven’t seen them since their awesome CD release show a few months prior. I realized it was a school night and was thinking that I could stay out a tad past my bedtime to do so. When I found out the first of two openers wasn’t a band but just a dude on acoustic, I was actually digging it cause he won’t play longer than what…20 minutes? First, as always, the show started late. Second, he played for 50 minutes! C’mon! I gotta wake up at 5 A.M. here! No offense but you hear three bluesy acoustic folk tunes you’ve heard a million. Not to be a total jerk to the guy but I had to bail even before Neighbors finished. Oh well, my bitch session is done. I’ll go change my diaper now.