Saturday, July 2, 2016

Summer Concerts June 2016: Against Me!

Due to my nose dripping liquids and tickle in my throat (thanks allergies,) for almost the entire month of June, we decided not to see Watsky in Boston. It was a tough decision but definitely the best one for me. Hopefully we'll have the chance to see him again and who knows, maybe it will be a concert and not a spoken word, which would actually be better! So because of that, this post will be short (but memorable!)- for this month I just saw Against Me!

June 25: Against Me! @ The Lost Horizon - Syracuse, NY
Opening Acts:  Tim Barry, FEA

During the day I spent my time at work, signing kids up for the Summer Reading Program (it was the first day of sign up), handing out free books and fro-yo pops (or you know, frozen go-gurt). 5:00 rolled around and my boyfriend and I were ready to go to a "destination show" as one of my co-workers who also happens to be a seasoned concert go-er called it (I think I'll steal that term from her too, I like it). Again, like June 2015's Jim Adkins show in Kingston, we kept thinking during the drive, "why the hell are we going to Syracuse for this? Did Against Me! owe a debt?" For those of you who are not familiar with upstate New York, Syracuse is a city that used to be booming with factories, a lot of jobs and a lot of people populating this Rust Belt-esque city. Then, the United States started moving most of our production to other countries, and like Detroit among other cities, Syracuse also suffered from this. So now the city is mostly known for Syracuse University and their mens basketball team. Anyway, we drove on I90 West the whole way and finally got to the venue at about 9:15...the venue was small and had about 10-15 parking spots...that were filled already. The only parking available was a huge lot down the street that was in between a strip club and a porn theater - nice to know those are still around, isn't it?! The parking lot distinctly said "PARKING FOR CUSTOMERS OF [INSERT PORN THEATER AND STRIP CLUB NAME HERE]" A parking lot specifically for these fine, upstanding businesses? Now, that's something you don't really see. Because I was annoyed that the venue only had 10-15 parking spots and didn't think of a backup plan when hosting Against Me! at their venue, I just said, "fuck it. I'm parking here." I found out after the show that luckily, a lot of other people attending the show had the same idea as me.

Right when my boyfriend and I got inside, the guy putting our 21+ bracelets on said, "you're right on time! They're starting in a couple of minutes." Therefore, we didn't see any of the opening acts but we weren't very enamored by the line-up anyway. Right when we walked into the main area, which looked like a basement - low ceiling, really small standing area, pillars randomly in the middle of the venue, Against Me! started. They were awesome as always but I think this might have been my favorite Against Me! show I've been to just because of the randomness of it all and because of the venue. Some people might have been unpleasantly surprised by all of this but we weren't - it felt like a high school Battle of the Bands only with a moderately famous and talented band. It was great! Also the venue was hot as balls - no ventilation whatsoever was going on in there. But that made the whole experience even better.

Against Me! had a great set - they played some of the old, ("Walking is Still Honest", "Baby I'm an Anarchist",) some of the new, ("True Trans Soul Rebel" - of course, that song is brilliant! and "Dead Friend" - one of my favorites on Transgender Dysphoria Blues,) and some of the in between. They played TWO (yes, TWO) songs from White Crosses - in the handful of times I've seen Against Me! I don't think I've ever even heard mention of White Crosses or any songs on that album. It's totally the black sheep of Against Me!'s discography, I think due to the harsh backlash they received from fans - which is unfortunate, because I don't really mind White Crosses. Sure, it's probably their weakest album but it's not terrible. Their other albums are just infinitely better.

They also tried two new songs on us - I don't know what the titles are because Laura Jane, while definitely more talkative than she was when she identified as Tom Gabel, doesn't really give us too much information - that's part of her mysterious mystique. They were really solid songs and had some promise. This also means new Against Me! music = new Against Me! album and who wouldn't want that?

It was an awesome experience and a "destination show" I probably won't ever forget. Included in this post is a video of them performing "Walking is Still Honest".

Stay tuned for the end of July - I'm going to two, maybe three (as of right now,) shows this month - Best Coast and possibly a random happenstance of Block Party performing in Albany and Ryan Adams in Port Chester, NY - two of my favorite favorites!

1 comment:

  1. This is by far one of the best seattle venues to hang with friends, have great drinks (amazing beer selection), eat some great food, including the great lunch I had there. Prices are very reasonable and the pizza was awesome.