2/10/09: And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead @ SPIN House Live [SPIN mag office] (19/100)

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Before I start, I have to comment on something. Some of my posts, Fbook updates and Tweets may lead some people to believe this project is beating me down. But let it be known that I am still loving it. That’s just me complaining and feeling sorry for myself. Please keep reading. I love you all. How much? This much.

Nothing to complain about tonight. Free show at SPIN magazine’s new office space, with Rantings of Eva, Lissy Trullie and Trail of Dead performing. All sponsored by Newcastle.

Free music + free beer = Awesomeness

Side note: I didn’t know Lissy Trullie was playing tonight’s show. After my boy Burch put me on the list (thanks again for the hook up, much appreciated), all I remember hearing was blah, blah, blah…Trail of Dead. Coincidentally I bought a ticket to Lissy Trullie’s Mercury Lounge show Wednesday night. Now, I know one of my rules is no repeat bands, but I’m forgiving this one since I really came to see ToD, and I will obviously be seeing more than just Lissy tomorrow. It’s still 100 days of consecutive music.

The new SPIN office is nice. I’m not sure where they were before but now they’re in a big open loft in Chinatown. The elevator opens to a stage/performance area where the bands were set up for tonight. The rest of the space is a big, open work area. 

I’m feeling good about tonight’s show. It’s free, close to my apt, I’m not rolling solo, and I get to hang with some friends of mine from my MTV days. Thomas and Lance, who I used to work with, and Jolina who coincidentally used to work where I work, and now she’s at the place where I used to be. Trade ya.

Jolina seems to  know everyone at the party, so I shamelessly ask her, “Who do I need to talk about writing a piece about my project?” I was halfway joking, but she jumped on it anyhow, pitching my story all night long. We’ll see if that ever works out.

The first band was a SPIN contest winner named Rantings of Eva. They started out like a poor man’s Killers, and ended with me wanting to kill myself. Lissy Trullie was next. I had been hearing a lot about her, but hadn’t really heard her music. She was great…but more on that tomorrow. 

The party was slated for 7-10pm, which meant an early night for me. Around 9ish, Trial of Dead hit the stage. And man did they kill it. I have a bunch of their records, but had never seen them perform. I’m glad I had my earplugs for this one because they are simply bonkers live. So loud, so tight. Just the right  jolt of the in-your-face wall of sound/noise I need every once in a while. 

I was most surprised at how each of the three guitar players played semi-hollow body guitars (mostly Epiphone) yet they were still able to be heavy. Guess that’s the secret to their sound. And it worked. It was loud, hot and sweaty up near the stage, but I had to do it. I stepped away for a song, and it just didn’t sound as good. So I hung near the band most of the night. 

Even with earplugs, I’m probably going to go fucking deaf by the end of this project, FYI.

The pictures I took don’t really capture the TOD experience, neither does this video – I’ll just that if you like it loud, they’re you’re band. After the show, I talked to one of the guitar players for a few minutes. Told him of the project, got the requisite “you’re fucking crazy” look, hung out for a bit longer, did a shot of vodka (why exactly?), had another free Newkie and then called it a night. 

An early, free night.

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One Response to “2/10/09: And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead @ SPIN House Live [SPIN mag office] (19/100)”

  1. She has more than enough actually. Dunno why she didn’t play them. Maybe her new bassist wasn’t rehearsed enough…

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