Tonight's just one of those nights where you're just upset and you really have no reason to be. There's nothing to justify how you're feeling, but you can't help feel a little down. Well, this made me feel a little better. It's always the little things. . .
So last night I went to the 9:30 Club and saw Virginia Coalition, Matt Nathanson and Brown Couch. Almond stopped by around 4 and we hit up DC looking for a safe place to park near the club. We then took the Metro to hit up The Irish Times for some food and of course Guinness. After a bunch of wings, some sandwiches, a few Guinesses and the largest Captain's and Coke I had ever seen, we tried our luck at pool and actually won the table, due in part to some of my lucky shots to which I give full credit to Captain Morgan. Unfortunately, we couldn't keep it because we had to head back to the club for the show. I think the alcohol did something because I just wanted lay down in the station and just sleep.
We got to the club just as the doors were opening, so we jumped in line with a few of our friends and ended up getting decent spots near the front. I was really impressed with Brown Couch, even though I couldn't understand what they were singing, due to the bad mix. They had really tight harmonies, though. Matt Nathanson is a huge perv with rubbery legs. He was good though, just a little over the top in the raunchy category for me. I think the high light of his set was him talking about 80's power ballads and their modern equivelent, which had him doing a tease of Enrique Iglesia's "Hero."
Right before VACO's set, I found myself surrounded by the same people that I was surrounded by at the Sudflood in Blacksburg. They were really obnoxious, jumping on people (well, me) and just making it hard for people around them to enjoy the show. I wasn't looking forward to an evening of fighting them off of me again. The show hadn't even started and I already had water spilled on my head and down my shirt, smoke blown in my face, etc. Luckily some of the 9:30 Club people got them out of there right before VACO hit the stage. I don't understand how people have no consideration for others, especially if we're all packed together.
Anyway, end of rant. The show itself was great. Since they weren't trying to promote a new album, there was a really good mix of old and new songs. I wish I could've understood more of the words to Andy's new song, though. It was weird to see them use a setlist (written on a paper plate of all things), but I guess it made the show run pretty smooth. Their transition from acoustic to electric songs was really nice, so I think that adds a whole new dynamic to their show. Usually, they'd take 5 minutes or so setting up for a short acoustic set. They did the Ghostbuster's theme with their intern coming out in a sheet that said "Huey Lewis" with a big slash through it. In the middle of the song, Andy ripped off the sheet, revealing the intern underneath in tighty whities. It was mildy disturbing. There was a moment when I thought they were going to launch into The River acoustic-like, but they went into Green and Grey instead. Still a great version of the song, though.
I also learned that I'm starting to get old or something. I was trying to "keep it up" at the end, but I'm just feeble now. I could barely walk after the show. Oh well. . .
The only thing that I missed was the fact that "Come & Go" was on the setlist, but wasn't played.