19 Dec 2005, 04:23

Death Cab for Cutie/Psychedelic Furs/Hot Hot Heat/Alkaline Trio @ Memorial Hall

Friday was the night of the Buzz’s yearly christmas show and despite having to leave for Ohio first thing Saturday morning Jolayne and I had decided to go. In retrospect, maybe not the best idea. It seemed reasonable enough when we’d bought the tickets but by the night of when we realized that we still had a bunch of packing to do and a 12 hour drive the next day we decided that maybe we were crazy. On the other hand, it was a pretty good show. We got there just in time for Alkaline Trio’s set. I’d been wanting to see them for a long time, but the set was only 6 songs long and the sound was pretty crappy. (The sound all evening was generally not great, but this was the worst) I still enjoyed them, but I’d like to see them again in a better venue and when they can play a full set. Next up was Hot Hot Heat, and while I hadn’t really been that excited to see them I had to admit that they did put on a pretty fun show despite the singer being a little on the annoying side. Following them the Psychedelic Furs took the stage, one of the main reasons I’d wanted to come to the show. You never know what you’re going to get whenever you have a really influential band that reforms years later, but they were more hit than miss I thought. They’d definitely succumbed to the generic “aging rock star look”, but come on you’ve got to cut the Furs a little slack. It was awesome to see them do “Love My Way” and “Heartbreak Beat”. About halfway through their set Jolayne and I turned around to see Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio standing right behind us watching the Furs. He kept getting interrupted by teenage girls coming up to have their picture taken with him, but he was definitely enjoying the show. Death Cab was the final band of the evening, and they were as good as the first 2 times I’d seen them. Their set wasn’t too heavily based on their most recent album, which was fine by me. I hate it when bands are touring with a new album and play 90% of their set from that album. I think they actually played more songs from their previous album, Transatlanticism, than their new album, Plans. The show started pretty early so it didn’t get out too late and we only got a slightly later start for Ohio than we had intended the next morning. We got to Jolayne’s parent’s out in Waldo, OH at about midnight on Saturday, and that’s where we’re staying over the holidays. Amazingly enough, despite not having enough cell phone signal out here to be able to make calls from my phone I’m still able to use it as a modem. In fact that’s what I’m doing right now. It’s a Christmas Miracle™!


Comment by Carrie on 2005-12-19 19:00:42 +0000

That concert sounds like it rocked — lots of good bands. The more I listen to Plans, the less I like it. It has a few good tracks … Transatlanticism is a much better album anyways.