Last night I went to see the first date of New Found Glory's fall 2009 tour with Title Fight at Toad's Place in New Haven, CT. Toad's was a nice club venue and perfectly sized for a band like NFG. I got there about 5:40 and doors opened by 6:10. I then stood for about an hour and a half waiting for the first band to come on. During that time, the PA played Brand New's Your Favorite Weapon in its entirety, so that was awesome.
However, my jovial mood died down when Modern Hearts Break Faster came on. MHBF is a powerpop band from New Haven and truth be told, they were pretty awful. Every single song was the same, but a lot of the crowd seemed to enjoy it. If you placed them next to any powerpop band such as We The Kings, for instance, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference. The guitarist's strap broke during the first song, and he had a little trouble repairing it, so I felt kind of bad for that, but my sympathy didn't help their music sound any better. To further my discomfort during the set, a shitty little "mosh" pit broke out during one of their songs. We get it guys. You're tough and you can push people. No one cares. *sigh.*
After that excruciating half hour, Title Fight came on. I have heard only good things about this band, and they delivered. Right from the start, they provided the energy that MHBF was severely lacking. Ned Russin, bass, and Jamie Rhoden, guitar, absolutely killed it on vocals and put every ounce of emotion they had into the set. The crowd was really into the band too, and overall it was just a fantastic set.
Right after their last song, however, a fight broke out which was completely uncalled for. That had nothing to do with the bands; just some douchebags in the crowd.
New Found Glory came on at about 9:20, and were flawless. Their set was incredible; every member was on point with their respective instruments, and Jordan sounded great. They ran the gamut with their songs. Playing songs from 1999's Nothing Gold Can Stay to this year's Not Without a Fight, the set ran for about an hour and a half, give or take. The crowd was incredible too; people were stage diving (much to security's chagrin), singing along, and crowd surfing. Overall, it was a great show, and anyone who has a chance needs to see it; very much worth the $20 spent.
truck stop blues
black and blue
on my mind
all downhill from here
listen to your friends
3rd and long
king of wishful thinking
forget my name
glory of love
tip of the iceberg
failures not flattering
dont let her pull you down
something i call personality
head on collision
my friends over you
truth of my youth
2s and 3s
hit or miss
One hour and fifty one minutes until graduation. I realized there will be tears tonight right as "Clean Up" by I Am The Avalanche came through the speakers. I don't do well with tears; I just get awkward and leave. That will not be an option tonight.
I think I'll wait another year
It'll be the best year ever
I think I'll wait another year
Can't we just wait together?
You bring the smokes, I'll bring the beer
I think I'll wait another year -Amanda Palmer
These words have been haunting me since the beginning of my senior year in high school. And with a new calender year starting, I've been doing a lot of thinking in relation to that song. A little reflection, perhaps.
2008. What a year. Friendships were splintered, new friendships were crafted. Some of my best friends I made over this past year, and most of my oldest best friends kept me around too. My actions became a little more reckless, prompting talks from people I never even realized gave a shit about me. I got into a college, my school work finally became steady and constant. I was content this entire year. My French mildly improved. My mumbling in English continued, however. Probably, most importantly, I was introduced to a shitload of new music. Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, Atmosphere, Moving Mountains, Fireworks, Blitzen Trapper, Good Old War, etc. I feel like I also grew up in terms of music. I still enjoy pop-punk, but not as shamelessly and blindly as I used to. No longer is All Time Low one of my favorite bands. I finally understood why FTSK is truly an abomination. Cute Is What We Aim For was promptly deleted from my library when I opened my eyes. It was a good year.
Now 2009. Graduation is approaching fast. I'm excited for college, but there are some really small things I'm going to miss. For instance, I've had incredible conversations sitting in a friend's kitchen. We can all talk for hours on end. I feel like I'm going to miss that the most. On the other hand, my "senior-itis" is in full swing. I've relegated myself to just playing guitar all afternoon and watching TV on the computer all night. I do jack shit, but it feels good to take a break after the hell that was junior year. I'm not very confident for the two AP tests I have to take, but it's not weighing my mind down too much. I still have 6 months till the big walk, though, so I have a bunch of time to still have a full blown anxienty attack. A note I am excited about, I turn 18 in a month from Friday. Other than that, I'm just going to sit and wait to see what happens this year.