October 20, 2011
The Guest Groupie: Death Cab for Cutie at Verizon Wireless Theater
I'll admit it - I've been falling down on the job lately with the blog posts. Not for the lack of shows, but rather the lack of energy. I think a revamp of...everything is coming with 2012. Until then, it may be a bit quiet around The Good Groupie.
Thankfully, though, I've found a few friends willing to write about their adventures. My favorite concert buddy Angela returns to the Guest Groupie spotlight with this review of Death Cab for Cutie.
Hello blog world! The Guest Groupie is back with another installment of musical-review goodness for your reading pleasure. I’ll start this post by letting you know that up until just a few short months ago, I used to give bonus cool points to bands if Death Cab for Cutie was played on their Pandora station. Death Cab has always been one of those bands that I could pop on one of their albums for a long car trip and LITERALLY listen to it 20 times in a row and not get sick of it. They’re one of those bands whose music completely engulfs me when I listen. So when they FINALLY announced an American tour and Houston was one of their stops in Texas, I was all in.
I will admit though that the Good Groupie and I both drug our feet BIG TIME on buying tickets for the show. At $39 plus “convenience charges”, they were a bit pricey for the fact that it was one of about 10 shows on our schedules for October, and they were playing at a venue that we’d call not quite our favorite. But the morning of the show, I woke up realizing that I had been crazy for not buying my ticket and was pleased to find some still available online after work that day.
The opening band, Telekinesis, rocked the stage at 8 p.m. with their non-hipster dress-code and an upbeat musical style which was a welcome compliment to the more mellow tunes and deep lyrics that DCFC offers. Their sound is pop music at its finest – complete with a British accent. (If you can imagine music with an accent…go with it.) Their energy onstage is uncontainable and the fact that their lead man is the drummer ads uniqueness to a band who’s sound is already a stand-out. Also cool? The bassist is from Houston and more specifically, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD (where I work.) Cool, no?
I don’t have too much to say about Death Cab. If you’ve ever heard them, you know that listening to their music is a spiritual experience, and you become drowned with emotions so deep you didn’t even know you had them. The show was no different, only the emotions were more intense and caused more than one tear during the set.
Unexpected though, was the incredible LED light display that ran throughout the show. It was dizzying – in a totally good way. Also, considering I had never seen the band live up until that night, I really hadn’t paid much attention to what the guys looked like, much less how they would get around the stage. I was not quite prepared for the rapid guitar changes that occurred nearly every song or the many diverse instruments front man Ben Gibbard played throughout. (Guess I never checked the Wikipedia.)
The vigor however, was welcome and I thoroughly enjoyed all the hair-tossing action. I feel like it’s a good sign that Gibbard really gets into his music when he plays – lets you know you’re getting his all, which is pretty cool. Other cool things about Gibbard? He is a pescetarian (was a vegan!) and is husband to the lovely Zooey Deschanel.
Oh! And they have a new album - you should buy it!