I really can't stop listening to them. It's an addiction. They keep sounding better and better the more I listen. Aaron Marsh's voice. The musical blending of instruments. Gooooosh (to be said in a Napolean Dynamite fashion). They're incredible. What in heaven's name did this talent come from? May it never cease. Props to you all if you get through all this jargon and stuff. I swear it's interesting!
Okkkk. So. The CONCERT. One of the greatest I have ever been to and probably will ever go to. I was so impressed. Seeing the acoustic set in Maryland last year was really cool, but to see them full on was amazing.
So, after finally figuring out who I was going to this concert with, Zoe and I left at like 5:14pm from the St. Davids train station (with probably 15 or so other Eastern students going to the concert as well and numerous other college students) for the Market East station. We got to Market East a little before 6pm and started walking in the supposed direction of the Trocadero Theatre. Only not. We turned around and headed in the RIGHT direction and lo and behold, the Troc is in Chinatown. haha. And basically two minutes from the train station-perfect. We start walking down 10th street to find the corner of 10th and Arch streets where the venue is located. We saw a bunch of kids in two different places on the street, but didn't see anything indicating it was the Trocadero. We turned around at one point because numbers kept going up and the address was 1003 Arch. Some guy pointed out to us that it was back at the corner we'd turned onto 10th at. We go back and there are two groups of people. We see the Trocadero sign and the line there seemed fairly short but then were told the line ended back with the other group of people. They had split them up for the most part because there was a parking lot right near the Troc and the line was obviously going to get in the way if they didn't split it up. So we go back there and the line is still pretty short. It kind of surprised me and didn't in other ways. I guess not so much because they're not so mainstream like Coldplay or someone like that, but they have a pretty good underground following. Who knows... While we're waiting in line this guy was wlking around telling really odd jokes and I have no clue who he was, but it was weird. Later on this guy came up behind me and was like, "Want a sticker from one of the bands that are playing tonight?" I was like, "Yeah. Sure." So bam, I got an Acceptance sticker. After seeing them play, I think I got it from one of their guitar players. Right before they started letting us in there was this guy and girl walking around with clipboards and boxes. I was thinking it would be something like "Are you a registered voter?" or "Let's save the planet!" haha. But it was actually one of the guys from Lovedrug asking if we wanted to sign up for the Lovedrug email list, which I did and got a free cd with songs from other Militia Group records artists. Woohoo.
Eventually this big, burly guy with tattoos up and down his arms split us up into those with tickets and those who were on will call or still wanted to buy tickets. We made it in and went to cruise the merchandise. As we were looking James Likeness (yeah-what kind of heritage does that name come from??), guitarist, backing vocalist extraordinaire, and designer of all things Copeland (cd covers, shirts, stickers, website, buttons, etc.) came out of nowhere to start selling stuff. Yes, Copeland sells their own stuff-they don't let anyone else do it. How awesome are they?? Yeah, he comes out of nowhere and the first thing I hear him say is, "What do you call a damn sandwich?" (pause) "A damnich." hah. He's so quirky. Its great. I decided to get a shirt, as did Zoe. She bought hers and he was like, "A large, right?" So I said, "No, I think an extra large probably." So he got her the "large" (really a small). Zo gave him a 20 or something and he asked if she had two 1's. I had plenty, so I offered, but she found some and he was like, "She doesn't want to owe you TWO DOLLARS." haha. Then I said, "I'll take the gray one, in a 'large' too." It was amusing. After we'd paid we were walking away and I heard they guy behind us asking if they had smalls in the tan and black ones and James was like, "No, no smalls in the tan and black. Besides, I think the small was too small for them." haha. The venue itself was pretty interesting. The main area was probably as big as where we were in Maryland, but they had a second level with seats and a bar (could only get up there with id). There were also these cool little arches that led to small corridors that went who knows where. Secret passages! I was reminded of the Phantom of the Opera for some reason... We found a pretty good spot pretty much in the same spot as we'd been in for the SF/Copeland concert last April, right by the stage and speakers.
Eventually As Tall as Lions came out to play. They were alright. I didn't particularly care for them. They did ok though. After their set they completely changed the stage for Lovedrug to play. They had the RANDOMEST music playing between sets. I mean, first it was rap before As Tall as Lions and then Harry Connick, Jr. between them and Lovedrug? Weird. And the sound people had some issues with turning that music off during sound checks... But more of that later... Lovedrug came out to do their thing and I liked them better. I had listened to all three of the bands on purevolume the day before and they played this song Blackout that I remembered hearing. I liked their style. It was pretty cool. Played the piano a few times. I liked them. Then came an incredibly long set change complete with sound tech issues. I felt so bad for the guys in Acceptance. They had had a terribly long day arriving two hours late, getting stuck at a gas station, their bassist's father had passed away so he wasn't there. They were nice enough to do an acoustic set, which shouldn't have been a problem, but it was. They weren't used to acoustic sets, but I think they sounded great. I like the lead singer's voice. It took forever to get the sound figured out before they could start. And the idiotic sound guys couldn't think of turning OFF the Harry Connick, Jr. during the sound check. Aughghh. They thought they had it and played one song and then it got messed up again. The guy told us of their woes of the day and played like two or three more songs and said they wouldn't do anymore because they were just worn out and felt bad that it had taken that long to get set up. I felt so bad for them... They did well though.
And then...Copelanddddddddd. They set up their stuff and James came out of the crowd out of nowhere (ok, probably from the merch table) and jumped up onto the stage to set up. The guy is amazing really, he moves with the speed of light I tell you. They got all things in order and then it all began... Their amazing set, which contained a lot of songs, surprisingly, started off with No One Really Wins This Time. These guys are incredible. They have amazing musical gifts. They sang that and I took some pictures with my unusually large digital camera (from the late 90's or something. haha) and all those with press passes were taking pictures as well. I really had no issues taking pictures the entire time. I got a few of Lovedrug aside from the ones I took during Copeland's set. Lots of phones were lifted up to take pictures too. haha. I tried it out. It came out kind of fuzzy. Anyway. After a few songs Aaron sat down to play the keyboard they brought out and I got excited. I had wondered if they were going to play Kite or not. That song shows some insane vocal talent that Aaron Marsh has. The guy sings it in such a high key, probably hitting notes some girls probably couldn't hit correctly. But alas, they sang Priceless, I believe, while he was at the piano the first time. The second time he sang my FAVORITE song on the new cd (though they are all equally marvelous), Choose the One Who Love You More. I was kind of nervous at first because the guy who sings with Aaron on the cd, Stephen Nichols, made the song even more amazing. But who am I kidding? Of course it was great. After he sang he was like, "Want to hear something gross?" Um, sure? "I think I swallowed one of my own hairs during that song. The hair is getting a little long I suppose. Time to cut it. Last time that'll happen." haha. Ah they are so great and down to earth. James was pretty random himself. "I'd just like to take this time to thank everyone for being whatever age they are. Congratulations. It takes a lot to be your age, so thank you." Um??? Hahaha. And then after one song he just out of nowhere went, "Woohoo!" And did nothing else. Later on in the show after they'd finished a song he just stood in front of his mic and didn't move. It was obviously for laughs, but I don't know how many people noticed. We were basically standing right by him. He kept like looking in our direction and I was like, "YES. I AM taking pictures of you...and Aaron..." haha. Yeah. He's an odd one. We know who the comedian of the group is. He also had some interesting guitar singing movements. hah. Swishing from side to side, one foot to the other. It was entertaining. The adorable thing was when he wasn't singing with Aaron, he'd be away from the mic playing his guitar and still singing, all his energy and soul focused on it, often with his eyes closed. It was sweet. We called Jackie a few times and she heard them playing Brightest. They played quite a few songs now that I'm thinking about it. Almost every song on the new cd... Besides No One... and Choose the One..., they sang Pin Your Wings Down, Hold Nothing Back (also really like), Sleep (which I couldn't remember if I really enjoyed, but I do-it was cute especially seeing James sing it all around the stage), Your Love is a Fast Song, and Don't Slow Down. Perhaps You Have My Attention? Can't remember. They also sang California, Priceless, When Paula Sparks, Take Care, Testing the Strong Ones, and Coffee (woohoo! Encore!). That was like 15 songs! But a few were in a medley of a few of their songs, so that works. They were beautiful and incredible. The sound of hearing them live leaves nothing to compare them to.
After they'd finished we went back to the merch table and I briefly considered getting them to sign the new cd cover, but we didn't know how long it'd be before they all got back there. And again, the speed demon himself was back at the merch table in a flash. James appeared POOF out of nowhere. So, since Jackie couldn't be there I got her a pin and sticker. We were like, "Hello again!" And it was amusing. Great guys. Down to earth and nice. Yes. We eventually left and hit up the Wawa and went back to the Market East station. Got back around 1am and I uploaded all of my pictures. And now you may see them. I wish there was some sort of "cut" thing on xanga that could be used so that they all don't take up so much space, but here's a few and then a link to the rest. I'm happy with them. They came out better than I expected. Enjoyyyyyyyyyyyyy.
Here's one of Lovedrug
One of Copeland
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