venue: reed st. station
show date: 03.31.01
on March 31. Not a nice snow either, but a slushy crappy to drive
in snow. Almost died a few times... but sometimes that's the price
Reed St. Station
was a little hard rock/metal bar tucked in a shady part of town.
There probably was a good chance my car could have gotten ripped
off there... but sometime's that's the price you pay.
a small relatively unknown (unfortunately) band from Ottawa Illinois
took the stage near 11 p.m. Playing for a relatively small crowd
(probably not more than 30 people) meant nothing at all. They
were there to play and that's what they did.
The set consisted
of a good deal of newer material not found on Live Music in
the Apartment, the band's only album to date. New tracks of
note were "Virginia is for Lovers," a strolling love
the mp3) and "Unequivocal Man," which give a greater
idea of where the band is headed. Some of the intimacy found on
Live Music... has been put aside for a more emotional rock
style, bringing the band even closer to Radiohead's
The Bends style
- but not exactly. The band did, however, make sure to show their
Radiohead influence with an excellent cover of "Bones"
(even if lead singer Carey Ott said it sucked).
the high point of the show was their "signature" track,
"Sunbathing," off of Live Music... (download
the mp3) It definitely earned them a few new fans - including
the two new Music-Critic staffers who had never heard Torben before.
there is a moral to the story too, and it is this: sometimes you
have to risk life and limb - go to the little dive bar that you
never gave a second thought to before, brave the shitty weather,
take an adventure - and you never know what kind of good stuff
you can find.
The best music
is still where you least expect it...
not in the
amphiteatres and stadiums.
not on TRL.
liked Torben Floor...