What a great night. We (Violet Vector and the Lovely Lovelies) had to go on earlier than usual, but the crowd was good. We don't have much trouble pulling in a crowd ourselves, and have been spoiled since day one in that regard.
Even going on earlier than usual, our crowd, plus Pylon's older fans, made for a prompt arrival of at least 100 people before we went on. One of the best things about playing for people who were into club shows in the 80's and 90's is that they carry on the tradition of getting there on time to see the "free" opening band. So, we made some new friends.
We blasted through our set. We were done and ready to enjoy a night out by 10pm. It felt like we had gotten off work in a way.
Our new stuff was very well received. New Sound of Numbers, who are travelling with Pylon, went on next.
Pylon hit the stage at about 11:15, and played all of the great songs. I never, ever dance, but there I was shaking my ass because bands like Pylon and ESG are what I consider to be "dance music."
Vanessa was doing scotch shots as people gave them to her. Not an insane amount, but it was enough to get the party in full swing. She is quite possibly the most pleasant and gracious person I've ever shared a bill with.
After the show was over, we stayed up late with them, sipping drinks and talking about the good old days. I'm ten years younger than them, but also ten years older than all but one of my bandmates. I was there for Athensmania, which is a legendary time for the people in my band to young to have known it first hand.
Curtis Crowe told us about how the scene got underway in 1979. I thought I knew the story well, but he told me things I had never heard before, because nobody had ever documented it. He still speaks fondly of his sister, who was the super talented bass player in Guadalcanal Diary. I spent a really fun day with them when I was 18, drinking under age, so I had a bit of a nostalgia trip.
It was awfully late for a school night, and I'm tired, but I have no regrets.
Really, they couldn't have been a nicer group of people. If you are in NYC or Philly, please go see the show. In NYC, the Mercury Lounge show is sold out, but there are still tickets for Brooklyn.
Itchy McGoo wrote:I would like to be a "shoop-shoop" girl in whatever band Alex Maiolo is in.