December 9th, 2004

Space Cadet

I'll Tell You What You Want...

I guess I'm too old to go out on a school night. I was tired all day
yesterday. I fell asleep in the middle of Smallville. This morning I
was driving G to school when he realized he hadn't done his homework.
So he did it in the car and was a little late. Good thing it was pretty
easy homework.

Modest Mouse was fun.
The band has two drummers, a bass player, a rhythm guitar/keyboard
(midi) player, the lead singer/guitar/banjo/keyboard player and a guy who shows up
once in a while to sing harmonies or play violin. Everybody, except the
lead singer, wafts around the stage playing mellowly.  The lead
singer is mellow for a bit and then the music will get fierce, and
he'll get really animated and start moving in a angry, jerky, aggressive
kind of way, then he and the music mellow back out. It makes for quite
a show.

For the most part, the melodies were all similar and nice. But there
was an occasional loud hard rock jam thrown in for variety. But the
thing this band has is lyrics. The words are great. A lot of the words
were too quiet and mumbled for me to hear. But the words blended nicely
with the music, and the phrases I could understand were great...

"Well that is that and this is this.

You tell me what you want and I’ll tell you what you get.

You get away from me. You get away from me..."

Since the melodies were all similar, by half way through the evening
the music was comfortably familiar. Then they played the one song I

"Eating snow flakes with plastic forks

And a paper plate of course, you think of everything

Short love with a long divorce

And a couple of kids of course

They don't mean anything

Live in trailers with no class

goddamn I hope I can pass high school means nothing

Taking heartache with hard work

Goddamn I am such a jerk, I can't do anything..."

I'm really glad I went. This is a band to listen to and get to know.

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