Well, it's official, I feel old. It's not because I'll be 23 next weekend. It's not because I'm beginning to wrinkle-- I'm not!
Tonight I set out for my first show since living in Austin. I headed down to Emo's for the "Gig Life" Tour, co-headling Set Your Goals and Four Year Strong. Opening were Polar Bear Club, Fireworks, and Drive A.
Just standing in line, and feeling out the crowd, I felt like that old guy, sipping a Lonestar and staying as far back from the action as possible. I ended up befriending two kids in line who asked if I knew where to urinate while waiting in line. One of them was 21, and one of them was 16. They've been friends from their small town about an hour outside of Austin.
It was crazy to see how into the show they were, especially the 21 year old in the The Ghost Inside t-shirt. He was stage diving and singing along. Only two years apart, I felt much older to him.
After the first three bands, Four Year Strong took the stage to a solid set, and Set Your Goals followed. Each band encompassed the feel and gravity of the bands I grew up with in high school. While both bands have put out great records in the past few years, they're not really my usual spins.
Thinking about it, I was 16 once. I was raising hands, belting out every word. It was a release of angst through power chords and choruses.
Alas, I have moved on. I can still give respect to the bands that carry the torch, but I'm more interested in feedback, sirens and English major style writing.
Tonight I felt old, but I also felt a sense of relief, because now I know through all the muck I complain about that sweeps in with the flood, there's a few bands that stand tall and get the recognition I saw them get tonight for carrying the torch to the next generation.