Category Archives: Show Recap- SD

Footnotes and Mustaches

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There are few things in life that are better than going to a show after “one-of-those-days” and feeling like the world has righted itself once more, even if it’s only for a few hours. There are plenty of bands that can provide a distraction for me but there is only a handful that can truly help me forget my troubles.

If you know me at all (or even if you don’t) you know I’m reaching the end of my college career (yay!) and there is nothing worse than the stress that tends to be exponential when the semester is nearly over (not so yay). I haven’t been around much (or really coherent) at all and wasn’t able to really get out and go to anything, until Thursday night. After a long time without any sort of fun or distraction, I got my butt down to Mustache Mayhem Part Deux to hang with my friends, The Silent Comedy. It was a fabulous event to celebrate the release of Common Faults which is their latest musical offering.

The birth of the record was at a party very similar to the one from Thursday and was in fact, the original Mustache Mayhem. It was a party to raise money for the boys to begin production on this record and it seems fitting at that the (official) release, everything close with a second Mustache Mayhem party. It was a nice bookend. I love bookends. Now, this wasn’t a show. This was a record release which also happened to be the debut of their new music video “Footnotes” which was shot and edited by Kevin and Rebecca Joelson.

Now, if you recall, I said this wasn’t a show but… I lied.

In true Silent Comedy fashion they played a few songs for the crowd in a not quite acoustic but not full band way and it was just what I needed. It was a different, unexpected surprise sound wise. Now, I’ve seen The Silent Comedy plenty of times in every fashion from acoustic to rowdy full band and this and this was a nice hybrid of the two. It was like if your two favorite foods (or desserts) got together and made babies (kind of like broccoflower but waaaaaaaaaay better). I digress.

Anyways, it was a night like that which helped me completely forget all my troubles until I realized I had to get home and get to bed. But for the time I was there, I was transported into another realm without deadlines and pressures and it was amazing.

I realize this post has been part “show” recap, part rant, part ramblings, part video post, and part mushy promotion (oh it seems like I’ve hit another ramble) but I also wanted to tell you all that these fabulous guys are playing a free show tonight at On the Rox in lovely Los Angeles. You should come out and see a proper show from these gents if you haven’t already. I also have it on good authority they will be premiering another music video, “’49” so come out. You have to RSVP to get in and can do so here. I hope to see you there! Oh, and I promise to keep my rambling to a minimum next time. Once I’m done with school (yay!) I will have my brain back in working order. Until then, it’s going to be a lot like this…

<3

~Amanda

The Silent Comedy, Transfer, and The Two Night Stand

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I came up with that catchy title on my way home from work today with the intention of writing about the fabulousness of said two night stand at The Casbah and have since found myself unable to write. I think it is perhaps because I am still experiencing a post show high. You know that feeling you get when you feel like you are walking on clouds, nothing can possibly go wrong, and you can’t stop smiling all day? Yeah, I’m still there.

To say each night was great and both nights were even better is nothing short of a gross understatement. On Wednesday night Transfer played with such gusto that it was hard to ignore the sight of their friends and fans singing along with smiles on their faces moving to the sweet music that was being played to us. The crowd was small for a Casbah show and had an almost intimate feeling which was a nice change of pace. The Silent Comedy closed the night with such swagger that I thought it would be hard for them to top themselves the following night. They played some old favorites such as Daisy and Beware but also had a healthy mix of new songs that will be on the upcoming record. The night closed with a new and unnamed song which had us all singing along and the guys of Transfer up on stage playing any available instrument.

Let me tell you, after that night, all the pressures and stresses of my life seemed to melt away and I had a smile on that had been gone for some time. Sometimes a person needs nothing more than a great show with friends to be energized. The next thing I knew it was Thursday and my musical half Kristen had driven down from LA to attend the 2nd night of this show.

Now, whoever said less is more obviously didn’t know good music or ever attend a fantastic show because the more the better. This is my humble opinion at least. The Thursday show was even better than the Wednesday show! Both bands played to a sold out crowd which I felt glad to be a part of. The Silent Comedy played a set similar to the night before including ‘49, Poison, Bartholomew, and The Well but included a few different ones to keep things interesting. The energy they played with was nothing short of passionate and that was apparent in Roadsong (which is my favorite!). Transfer closed the night with a fabulous set different from the night before. They ate up the stage and danced around (very similarly to The Silent Comedy). The crowd was so thick it seemed near impossible to get through and people kept filtering in from all over, packing the standing room space. I didn’t think it was possible to keep breathing so Kristen and I made a quick exit to the outside where we could not only breathe but hear Transfer and watch their friends and fans sing along. It was a beautiful sight to see.

I didn’t think it was possible for my smile to get any bigger than it did on Wednesday night and I was proved wrong. I don’t like to be wrong often but I was this time and am very glad for it! In case you missed on the fun, Josh and Jeremiah will be playing an acoustic show tomorrow night at Voyeur downtown during the dinner special. Check it out. I’ll be there!

Also. keep an eye out for upcoming shows! The Silent Comedy had a record release on April 2nd at The Casbah and there are talks of a Silent Comedy, Transfer and Dirty Sweet show in May.

It’s now time for some Get Back Loretta fun at Soma. Until next time my loves.

~Amanda

Nico Vega at The Casbah – Kristen's Take

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Yeah, so I drove down to San Diego with my friend Trina to see Nico Vega last night. This morning was tremendously painful, but it was definitely worth it. Nico Vega always puts on such a stellar show in San Diego. The audience was amazing, the other bands (The Loons, Soundtrack of Our Lives) were fun, and who doesn’t LOVE The Casbah?!? The set included a mix of the band’s newer songs (“Taxi Cab”, “Fe Fi Fo”) as well as some older fare (“So So Fresh”, “Blood Machine”, “Underground”), but regrettably left off a couple of my personal favorites (“Million Years”, “Protest ..?”). But of course they played “Gravity” and ended with what has to be one of the best closings songs ever, “Beast” (tied with Carney’s “Testify” of course!). The set was SO good that the audience continued singing well after the band was offstage, a plea for an encore that, unfortunately, never came.  Trina said knowing this band was kind of like being in a cult, and I tend to agree. Once you are introduced to them you can’t turn away. Your life is forever changed and your soul will forever belong to the power trio that is Nico Vega.

~ Kristen

Nico Vega at The Casbah – Kristen’s Take

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Yeah, so I drove down to San Diego with my friend Trina to see Nico Vega last night. This morning was tremendously painful, but it was definitely worth it. Nico Vega always puts on such a stellar show in San Diego. The audience was amazing, the other bands (The Loons, Soundtrack of Our Lives) were fun, and who doesn’t LOVE The Casbah?!? The set included a mix of the band’s newer songs (“Taxi Cab”, “Fe Fi Fo”) as well as some older fare (“So So Fresh”, “Blood Machine”, “Underground”), but regrettably left off a couple of my personal favorites (“Million Years”, “Protest ..?”). But of course they played “Gravity” and ended with what has to be one of the best closings songs ever, “Beast” (tied with Carney’s “Testify” of course!). The set was SO good that the audience continued singing well after the band was offstage, a plea for an encore that, unfortunately, never came.  Trina said knowing this band was kind of like being in a cult, and I tend to agree. Once you are introduced to them you can’t turn away. Your life is forever changed and your soul will forever belong to the power trio that is Nico Vega.
~ Kristen