||[17 Sep 2005|02:30am]
Hey people, I'm back!
Tonight was the first show The Autumns have played in, oh, eight months I think. The venue was DiPiazza's, which was a good place for a show like this, since I was able to have dinner, and see a killer show all in one sitting. The last time they played was at the Garden Grove Playhouse. But, after rocking out in Europe with The Dears, and taking another hiatus, they used tonight's show as a bit of a warmup for their next show at the Troubadour.
- The band actually took the stage after 11:30PM, which is uncharacteristic of them. Since their mighty comeback at the Renegade Theater Benefit a few years back, they have always ended before midnight.
- No memorable equipment snags tonight, therefore no technical difficulty intermission. It appears they have not changed their equipment all that much. But, someone's Telecaster collection might have multiplied. By the end of their career, someone might possess half of the Fender factory. Man, he loves those Telecasters.
- A few new songs were introduced. They are louder and edgier than ever before. Don't worry, the signature sound is still there. They just happened to crank the gain a little further. And they are quiet comfortable playing at those volumes, as you know. The Autumns have more rock songs in their arsenal.
- An alternate version of "Slumberdoll" was played, in a hushed lullaby style. A heartwarming highlight of the evening.
- As you all know by now, a new LP is in the works. Word has it that it will see the light of day early next year. That's record time for the band. Between Russet Gold and the self-titled LP, one almost compared the wait to that of waiting for a new MBV album. But, since the self-titled LP is now in our possession, and the possibility of a new LP in a few months, it's safer to compare their consistency to that of Def Leppard. Nonetheless, they are working on new material for a new album slated sooner than later.
- So, late last year, they released a masterpiece of a record. And, the buzz was huge amongst the fanbase, especially in Europe. But, the United States seemed to have next to no response. One tends to wonder why that is. It's not that people don't like what they hear. For the most part, people did not know it existed. (Not exactly news to any of us--especially since we were all lucky to be found by The Autumns.) Well, there's some possible light at the end of this tunnel. Bella Union is doing great business, and there is some chatter of them expanding over to North America. The self-titled LP was recieved well overseas, and it could not only help further their future releases, but possibly breathe more life into this fantastic record.
- What are the odds of Southern California losing The Autumns? Personally, I can understand why some people don't want to live the rest of their lives in Los Angeles. In a few months, I'd like to get the heck out of dodge. Think of a city where owning a motor vehicle is not a necessity, and that same city has greater career opportunities. It makes more sense to be there. I was just in a city like that, and it's less stress to be able to find everything you need to survive within the range of several blocks. You can't fade that little PopScene club. So, what are the odds? It's not a scenario that will have many SoCal proponents, myself included, but I'm sure you know where my chips are placed.
- I'm gonna give a big up to the band Repeat Repeat from Whittier, who technically rocked two consecutive sets. One onstage, and one set next to the bar during another band's set. I paid to see The Autumns, but Repeat Repeat darn near stole the show. Very very entertaining bunch.
- I was at DiPiazza's since 7PM. It's a great little place. I reccommend the veggie focaccia. Out of this world, I tell you.
- Manya and Ken, thanks for the cigarette! And, Elk, I still stand by my statement.