I’m kind of annoyed. I’ve become a bit addicted to the US version of ‘The Office’. They’ve been playing the first and second seasons on Channel 10 late on Sunday nights for a couple of months now. I’ve found out that because of some F1 Grand Prix somewhere in Europe it’s not on tonight. It’s odd for an American show, in that the humour is at times very, very subtle. That’s probably because it’s actually based on something originally British. It’s so clever, and I have a bit of a crush on Jim.
That thing that always happens when I’m tired and run down has happened. I have mouth ulcers on mouth ulcers and I’ve got the start of a cough. Stupid lungs. I have no one to blame but myself though, so I should shut up.
Last night was fun fun fun. I was a little anxious about it, to be honest, because I know Death Cab is not the sort of band H & T would normally go to see. That, and Elephant Mojo were playing at Bar Broadway, so I know Hell was a little cut about missing that. I was hoping like hell she was going to enjoy the Death Cab gig as much as I was.
I got to them about 6PM (after deciding to take a different route, to avoid fucked up traffic, and subsequently got lost and unlost 3 times in total). We had a couple of drinks and watched the Simpsons, and then headed out to dinner. Awesomely good Thai food. Then we caught a cab to Rebel Rebel, where the queue was spiralling out of the venue into the Darling Harbour precinct. We went into the bar next door for a bit, because there was no hurry to get in, and the DJ there mixing songs over other songs, like Bjork’s Army Of Me over Queen’s We Will Rock You, which (and this may be the alcohol talking) actually kinda worked.
We went back to Rebel Rebel and queued to get in. I’d never been to that venue before, and it’s a lot bigger than I thought it would be. Two levels, a decent sized floor and a pretty big stage. At least as big as the one at the Enmore. We went to the upstairs bar and they were playing some great music – it’s cool to be in a night club all of two minutes when the DJ starts playing Pounding by Doves. H & T must have got sick to death of me shouting OMG I LOVE THIS SONG every time a new song began.
When Death Cab came on, the cheers were deafening. Ben was as scruffy as I was expecting, with a little less paunch than I was expecting, and his lisp was no where near as pronounced.
You know how you love a song from a band, but it’s hidden on an album at around track 8 or track 9, and you’ve never heard it played anywhere other then where you have put it on, and you’re pretty sure because of how sparse and, I don’t know, unassuming it is that it’s often overlooked and would never be played live? Well, the song Passenger Seat from Transatlanticism is like that for me, and last night they OPENNED with it. And I nearly passed out. And it was perfect, because when the first three notes echoed out from the piano and I realised what it was, every hair on my body stood up and I starting grinning like an idiot. That morphed into Different Names for the Same Thing, and again, same reaction.
Considering how late I came to their music, I knew a lot of the set. They played a lot of givens, like Soul Meets Body (swoon), The Sound of Settling and This Year. They played What Sarah Said, which was a surprised, because it’s a very emotive song and sometimes those don’t get a run live. Easily for me the best part of the night was when Ben came out on his own, with just his guitar, first song of the encore, and did I Will Follow You Into the Dark. The whole crowd was singing along, to every single word, verses and all. It was a beautiful thing.
Anyway, it was awesome. More than that. It was everything I hoped and probably more. H & T said they really enjoyed it and I don’t think they were humouring me 😉
Thanks Ben Gibbard for turning my frown upside-down.
Pretty much the second the encore finished we jumped in a cab and headed to Bar Broadway, where we managed to catch about 2 thirds of the Elephant Mojo gig. I was really happy about this, because I know it meant a lot to Hell, and it also meant she got to catch up with the band. There were 4 bands playing that night – EM as well as Fade, Bordello and Green Light. The place was near empty though – it was weird. Particularly considering it was the single launch for Green Light (who was apparently headlining). There was an awkward moment when the lead singer yelled out ‘first one to get to the stage gets a free copy of our new single!’ and the crowd, all surrounding the outer walls and none on the dance floor, just stood there and looked at him. I felt a little bad for them.
Once Hell had caught up with everyone we left and headed back to Hotel del Probert. We had consumed so much alcohol up until this point – ‘Hell mix’ vodka pre-dinner, wine at dinner, and then vodka and orange pretty steadily at both gigs. Then because we’re all NUTS when we got home we decided it would be fun to drink some more. Some weird Malibu and coconut thing. We played a lot of music, and did a lot of talking. It was great.
Today we were all very delicate. The shakes stopped, though, around 2PM, so that’s all good.
This week is going to be interesting. In light of 2 weeks leave, and the boss coming back after I go away, I have got to get everything 100% right before I go. I have about a billion things to fit in this week, in addition to drinks on Wednesday night, a birthday dinner on Thursday night, the Eels gig on Friday, and then the AFL on Saturday. Then, probably, coma on Sunday.
I’d better go to bed.