Friday, January 15, 2010

Glam Rock, Revisted

I ventured out to West Chester PA last night to see Spacehog at The Note. The song you'd remember most by them is "In The Meantime," which is a GREAT tune... and they have a ton of others. The band is two brothers who sing and play guitar (both play bass, piano, and guitar, actually), a drummer, and lead guitarist... all from Leeds, England. Their biggest audience was along the Eastern seaboard back in the mid-90s through early 2000. They used to wear these jumpsuits and platform shoes? So when we walked past them on the street an hour before the show (for serious) we had no idea it was them.

Gene: Huh. That looked like Anthony and Royston (the brothers)
Friend: Nah. They aren't tall enough. Remember? They were really really tall.

Nope. Totes them. No more jumpsuits, either. Anthony had his Buddy Holly glasses, skinny jeans, button down shirt, and snipped off tie... Royston had an oversized (and very comfy looking) sweater... and his hair looked like he stuck his finger in a socket. But these guys are still awesome. They played some new stuff, so hopefully a new album is in the works.

It was the first time I'd ever been to The Note, and if you're from this area than you know The Note fairly well... and you know that it's owned by West Chester's own Bam Margera. Who was totally there! I knew he owned The Note, but I didn't expect to sit next to the guy at the bar! And before the show started, we were talking about how I hope the opening act is good... they're local and that's all we know because we've never heard them before... AND THEY ARE SITTING NEXT TO US. They were awesome, by the way.

I really love small venues. I usually only get to see concerts at like the Wachovia Center or the Susquehanna Bank Center (formerly known as The Tweeter Center) with 50,000 other people. Much cooler to stand in a big room with a hundred or so people, sometimes less. This show and Better Than Ezra at The Troc were two of the best shows I've seen. Not flashy.... not overcrowded... just really good music.

Next time I'm at The Note though (because we're totes going back) I need to try the Grilled Cheeseburger. Burger in between two grilled cheeses? NOM.


Fidgeting Gidget said...

I'm a huge fan of concerts at small venues, too! Imagine that, since we're twins and everything!

Toronto is a great place for small clubs where big names perform. I've seen Ingrid Michaelson (twice), Guster, Brett Dennen (and he came out and talked to everyone waiting in line before the show...he's so freakishly tall!), Sara Bareilles, and lots of other small bands that opened that I now love and hadn't otherwise heard of.

Bam Margera is hilarious.

Joanie M said...

Glad you had such a good time!

Bayjb said...

Wow Spacehog, that brings back memories! I loved them years ago when they first broke in the US