The Breeders, The National and Modest Mouse Delighted As Well
Back for round two of my weekend concert series at the Old Mill District. I arrived early tonight before the gates opened and got in line. The Breeders were warming up and it was a chance to get a brief preview on their set. Once the gates opened and I passed through security I walked up nice and close. Since I had my mind set on getting some more photos, I needed to be nice and close, since I wasn't packing my DSLR with a long lens. It's much easier to stick a point-n-shoot down your pants than a 250mm lens and not attract certain attention. So, with that said, I was CLOSE! As, the show started I realized I was a little too close First up: The Breeders
A little less than four years ago, The Pixies were in Bend. Four years later, Kim Deal is back and this time with The Breeders. Probably eight years ago if you had asked me if I thought The Pixies and The Breeders would be playing in Bend someday, I would have thought you were crazy. Well, in some ways, lightening strikes twice and Kim Deal and Kelley Deal hit the stage.
No set lists this time around. I was not in an easy position to take notes, and chose to shoot photos and enjoy the music. Now, while The Breeders do have a new album out Mountain Battles, it's been six years since their previous album and nine since the one prior to that. Since most of the people in the crowd up front were mostly in their 17's and 18's I doubt many of them were listening to Last Splash back in 1993 when Cannonball was hitting the radio with frequent play. Oh dear, I'm playing my age card.
The Breeders played a fair number of songs from the new album. Bang On was by far the best track and with Cannonball I don't think it mattered if the song was a favorite or the first time you heard it, it was damn good. Overall the set was loud and the Deal sister's brought it.
Next up: The National
I was very much looking forward to seeing The National live. Their last two albums Alligator and Boxer were very good. I could easily say that Boxer was one of the best albums from last year. It's only too bad that Sufjan Stevens didn't show up to play his piano part from the album. They opened with Start A War, Brainy, and Secret Place.
When Matt Berninger first came on stage he brought a bottle of wine. The highlight was during the show he handed the bottle to someone in the front row. I'm thinking that since most of the people who were close we young, the kid was likely underage. He popped the cork and started drinking. At one point Berninger needed a refill in his own glass. Well, to be honest a lot of The National's songs are good drinking songs. They hit all of the emotions that make you want to crawl inside and hide from the rest of the world. Yep, half-awake in a fake empire...
All of the highlights from Boxer were played. Honestly, there's not one bad song on the album. Fake Empire, Mistaken for Strangers, Slow Show and Apartment Story were all played and the energy into the live versions really worked well. Abel from the previous album was also very powerful live. I have a feeling that anyone who didn't know The National, had to come away from the show with very good impressions.
Finally: Modest Mouse
Well, well, well. The last time Modest Mouse was booked here and tickets were sold, and then they backed out. Not exactly a positive memory, and it seemed like the second time around things were not going to work out, but I guess things must have been better the second time around because they actually showed up. So, Fire It Up...
Now, before the Modest Mice took the stage, there was a air-raid siren played over the speakers. Truthfully, it couldn't have been more fitting for the show, or at least my position in the show. See, when I arrived for The Breeders set, I got nice and close. I was a bit off-center, but only about seven people deep from the front. When the show started I noticed that I was right on the border of the mosh pit. Yes, not set list note taking in the mosh pit.
I'll have to admit that about 30-minutes into Modest Mouse's set, I started to think of where I was standing and thought, "I'm too old for this shit". Thankfully, another guy who was 32 was slightly behind me and we chatted a bit during the show. He mentioned about having his nose broke in the mosh pit once. Great. However, I was not in it, but close enough with the people pushing and shoving and crowd surfing. I recall Modest Mouse playing music, but the details are a bit fuzzy beyond that.
There seemed to be a few moments here and there during the show where the band seemed to have issues between songs, or it was the production. It seemed like one moment the crowd was bouncing to Float On and the next we were standing there waiting for another song. Odd. After the encore stated too, it ended a bit sooner than I thought as Isaac Brock said something after the last song and then it was over. I'm not sure if he said "that's it" or "we're tired" or what, but it seemed to end just not on the right note. Too bad, but overall the show was great I think I had a little more concert experience than I bargained for, but it was better than sitting back on the hill on a blanket with a rest of the 30-somethings.
I'll have to admit that concerts two nights in a row is not something I plan on doing again real soon, but I am sure glad I got to see six amazing sets. Yeah!
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