Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Character Builders - The hal al Shedad and Euphone/Heroic Doses at Under The Couch July 10, 1997
Here is our set: The hal al Shedad 1997.07.10 (Exhibit A)
Here is their set: Euphone/Heroic Doses 1997.07.10 (Exhibit B)
So when you are in a band, you can have great moments of satisfaction and enjoyment at your musical accomplishments, and you can also be unbelievably humbled and crushed, sometimes even in the same show. I like to call these humbling moments "character builders". In this case, we had just finished our set at Under the Couch (see exhibit A), and generally felt pretty good about the show. We were just about to leave for our European tour, and this was essentially our set that we were preparing for our trip to the fatherland. Then Ryan Rapsys, formerly the drummer of Chicago postpunk group Gauge, gets on stage with only his drumset and a sequencer and completely destroys the place (see exhibit B). Then, after several songs the guitarist from Five Style gets up on stage and they finish the place off as Heroic Doses. Unbelievable set, just makes you wonder why you pick up an instrument in the first place.
Thanks to Scott MC for sending me these recordings. I have a few Euphone albums, but none match the intensity of this live recording, where you can hear exactly how amazing the playing is without any studio trickery. There are also some Euphone videos you can see on Youtube, but don't really capture the essence of this one man band. Joan of Arc played after this, but after this set, everybody knew the show was over.
As for other "character builders", here are some of mine:
1. Car vs. Driver opening for Angel Hair and Current in Washington D.C.
2. Car vs. Driver opening for Hose Got Cable in Richmond
3. The hal al Shedad opening for The VSS in Atlanta
4. The Go-Steadys opening for The Special Beat at the Masquerade
5. The Midget Farmers opening for Action Patrol in Richmond
6. Car vs. Driver opening for Hoover in Auburn, Alabama
7. Car vs. Driver opening for The Yah Mos in New Jersey
What are yours?