Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (Cleveland HOB)

BRMC with Death from Above 1979, Deap Vally – Live at Cleveland House of Blues, 10-11-2016

If you haven’t already heard, BRMC started their set with a brand new song called Bandung Hum! Bandung city is the capital of Indonesia’s West Java province, and after doing some research I found that it’s a stop where the band has toured in the past. Reading about the city, it sounds like a beautiful place and really must have made an impression on Robert, Peter and Leah.

I’m already in the love with the new track, and was lucky enough to think about voice recording it about halfway through. The Cleveland House of Blues was the first stop on this tour, and the band posted a photo of the set list on some social media sites, so it’s probably safe to say that everyone making it to this tour will get to hear it.

I arrived before the opening act, Deap Vally, played and as a result had a kickass view from the top center the entire night. Deap Vally played an awesome show, even though the regular drummer was unable to attend. The fill in drummer had her first practice that same morning, and I swear you’d never have known (if you didn’t know the members/had never seen them perform before). Death From Above 1979 played a great set too, and their giant elephant-trunk clad logo looked sweet on the stage.

It was pretty cool to attend a show where 2/3 drummers were women. This was one rad Cleveland show. Though they didn’t have an encore, and they didn’t play Fault Line. And much to the crowd’s dismay, they didn’t play 666 Conducer.

No ticket yet? Catch the gig lineup here!

BRMC Set list:

  1. Bandung Hum (!)
  2. Rival
  3. Beat the Devil’s Tattoo
  4. Ain’t No Easy Way
  5. Berlin
  6. Cold Wind
  7. Haunt
  8. Conscience Killer
  9. Red Eyes and Tears
  10. Awake
  11. Six Barrel Shotgun
  12. Spread Your Love
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Filter (Rock ‘N Restock CLE)

Filter – Live at FWD Day + Nightclub Cleveland for Rock N’ Restock CLE, 9-22-2016

I did something I swore I’d never do last night. I went to a show and spent the entire time in the parking lot. I didn’t have a ticket going into it, and I just couldn’t bring myself to shell out the 30 bucks and some change to get in. Probably because when I got there I realized that the event was a Filter show tacked onto a silent auction. Everyone was walking in and out of the FWD Day and Nightclub in fancy clothes and here I am, clad black with my Filter logo flag shirt. I felt extremely out of place and it really sucked because the event was for a great cause, raising money for the Cleveland Food Bank and some folks affected by cancer.

Instead I paid $10.00 to park my car in a space right beside the stage. I didn’t pay for that specific spot, and I arrived well after the opening band (Tyler Reid) took the stage, so it was pretty much dumb luck. It was a good listening area; if I got on my car (did) I had a view of heads of the crowd and occasionally the band members, if they were feeling the will to move around. My personal Filter sound festival was interrupted only by the trains, the man who asked me to button his shirt sleeve, the echo off the bridges, and the couples yelling at each other on the way to the car.

They played for over an hour, and didn’t take a single break. Here’s the set list.

1. The Take
2. Trip Like I Do
3. You Walk Away
4. Head of Fire (<3 <3 <3)
5. Kid Blue from the Short Bus, Drunk Bus
6. Jurassitol
7. Pride Flag
8. Nothing In My Hands
9. Take A Picture
10. Surprise
11. Welcome to the Fold
12. The Best Things
13. American Cliché
14. No Love
15. Hey Man, Nice Shot

This club is right by the water and the outside area is lined with train cargo cars. Which was a nice feature since it made for a low barrier.

I recorded the whole thing on my phone. And it’s a damn good recording for a phone if I do say so myself!

While I didn’t enjoy this show as much as my first one, I mean that goes without saying because I was inside the venue, I am pretty stoked to have a solid recording of a Filter show where Richard Patrick talks a lot about his hometown. And apparently he’s writing a book?

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Game of Bands

So today I’m on reddit, and I see this ad on the side for GameOfBands, reddit’s longest running songwriting competition. I click it and read the greeter post, and the steps involved, and all of the rules and regulations are novel long and I don’t see myself joining the club as a songwriter. But I fall in love with the very first track I click, Broken Walls by scottpontiac, skerry1 and abyssmalstar. The theme for Round 98 is Stolen, and it looks like all the lyrics and music transpired from other songs.

It’s not the best song in the world. It has parts cut together, sloppily woven riffs and I’ve heard much better mashups, but it’s good for a two week deadline. In fact, it’s incredible for a two week deadline. It’s the imperfections that make it so freaking good. The point is, it’s like stepping back into my Myspace days of Zero Star and finding bands and music and raw talent I never would have found any other way. That’s what it’s all about.

Today was a good day.

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