Monday, August 9, 2010
Against Me! and Silversun Pickups at the Greek Theater, 8/6/10
After giving my ears a couple weeks off from the sounds of pounding drums, screeching guitars and the like, it was right back into the fold with two newer bands (for me, anyway): Against Me! and Silversun Pickups. It was a strange match, despite my fondness for both, so I was eager to see how it would be received. As it turns out, pretty well.
For Silversun Pickups, this was a triumphant homecoming; for Against Me!, a chance to showcase a new version of themselves for an expanded audience. The latter went first (just after The Henry Clay People, who I missed), and because of the Greek's strict curfew they went on at the unfashionably early time of 8:05. But despite the many empty seats, the band still put on a hell of a show. Lead singer Tom Gabel bounced around behind his microphone, alternating between a smile and a snarl, depending on the song. Against Me! has evolved into a much catchier hook machine, and they played a large portion of their new album, White Crosses, starting with "High Pressure Low."
Silversun Pickups had no such crowd issues. They were very much the home team, being from Silverlake, and the packed house went crazy when they came out on stage. They smiled and acknowledged us, then went into the slow-building "Growing Old is Getting Old," from last year's Swoon, a song that culminates in a burst of noisy guitar that led perfectly into "Well Thought Out Twinkles." After a few songs, lead singer Brian Aubert took a moment to apologize for the "glee that is fucking coming out of our pores. We're a little excited." The one-two punch of "There's No Secrets This Year" and "The Royal We" was wisely played together, possibly getting the biggest non-single reaction from the crowd.
Against Me! Set List: High Pressure Low / Pints of Guinness Make You Strong / Thrash Unreal / White Crosses / Up the Cuts / I Was a Teenage Anarchist / Bamboo Bones / Suffocation / New Wave / Don't Lose Touch / Rapid Decompression / Sink, Florida, Sink
Silversun Pickups Set List: Growing Old is Getting Old / Well Thought Out Twinkles / Sort Of / Little Lover's So Polite / There's No Secrets This Year / The Royal We / Future Foe Scenarios / It's Nice to Know You Work Alone / Kissing Families / Catch & Release / Panic Switch / Lazy Eye
Encore: Substitution / Common Reactor
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