TLO and the Centennial Show

200 load-ins.  200 load-outs.  200 van rides.  800 drink tickets.  Some really crappy shows, but more and more excellent ones, especially the further right on the timeline we get.  Last night, we showed ourselves and everyone else what hanging together can do for a band, as we absolutely decimated the stage downstairs at The Middle East.  Cambridge is the real epicenter of rock activity in greater Boston.  Between TT the Bear’s and The Middle East’s three stages, that little corner where Brookline and Massachussetts Avenues meet still holds the heavyweight title, even as other excellent venues have cropped up around the area, notably Church over by Fenway, the Armory, Precinct, and PA’s Lounge and the Rosebud Diner in Somerville.  Still, it is something to graduate to the big room in the Basement at the M.E.  For one thing, they have a separate monitor guy making sure everything sounds good on stage to the musicians, which means that we don’t have to pretend we know what’s actually going on while secretly just moving our fingers and flapping our lips from memory.  Man, if I had a nickel for every time that happened, I’d have seventy or eighty nickels just from my time with TLO alone!  Enough for a bacon egg and cheese on a bagel from Twin Donuts, or maybe a round of Slush Puppies for me and my boys when the warm weather hits again.

Adam did his usual solid job of getting some press there — Performer “Show of the Month” review forthcoming — and we were flattered to speak with the lovely Meaghan, Colleen, and Alex, who came to interview us for MusicRemedy. We’re all looking forward to reading the article, but right off the top of my head, one question they asked really stuck with me, which was, “How have you evolved from show number one to tonight?’  Great question, Meaghan!  The three main things for me personally are the sense of ease and comfort and rapport we have with each other and with the audience, the improvement in our execution on stage and most importantly, the evolution and deepening of our writing.  As to ease and comfort on stage: that’s a product of better and better execution, and also knowing not to take any of this too seriously.  It’s inherently ridiculous to rock out, pure and simple, and that’s the great joy of it.  Everyone can partake of the experience from the audience, not too many have the privilege of living it from the stage.  As to better execution, that’s just rote repetition with a beady eye trained on ourselves at all times, having high standards.  But the biggie is, as it ever shall be, in the writing.  The great equalizer, great writing makes up for a poor singing voice (I’m talking to you Bob Dylan!  And Blood on the Tracks is one of my all time favorite records), a bad band (even Neil Young concedes that Crazy Horse is a bad band, although “bad in the right way.”  Unlike Daughtry, who is undeniably good, but good in the wrong way, know what I’m sayin?), a bad attitude (do I even need to point out an example?).  Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we’re writing great material, but I like our chances with it, and it has gotten and continues to get better by the day.  Anyway, as for the show itself, we led with Seven Days, the very first song we ever wrote together, played Pride and Shame for the first time since our first show, and broke out two brand new songs (Having it All, Interstellar Valentine) just to keep it interesting for ourselves and everyone else.  We made a fist while hitting the high notes.  We jumped into the crowd during the ripping guitar solo.  We shook our asses and banged our heads, and visited each other on stage.  We stood up to choke the cymbal.  Holy Christ, did we rock!  Thanks to everyone who made it awesome by being there and cheering us on.  I’m looking forward to show number 1,000 and I like our chances to make it there.


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