Saturday, August 15, 2009

ERECTUS MONOTONE PLAYS SECOND REUNION SHOW AT TIR NA NOG.

Erectus Monotone, "Vertigogo" from Mann's World on Vimeo.



YET ANOTHER KAREN A MANN VIDEO LITERALLY STOLEN FROM HER SITE TO PUT ON MINE. SHARE THE WEALTH, RIGHT?


It was a lovely evening to drive downtown with my brights on (long story) to see Rocket Cottage and The Loners play with Erectus Monotone in what will probably be their last reunion gig. It was a real good one too, much better then the Mergefest show. For starters, it was free. So that meant that everyone in Raleigh was able to go. So there was a nice crowd at Tir Na Nog and then Rocket Cottage played. Sporting a brand new single, the band played a good set that also featured a sax player which was a good call and cemented the band and their quasi-SST tendencies. The Loners played another solid set of their newer material with a few of their golden chestnuts thrown in.
Erectus were really really good. Unlike the show at the Cat’s Cradle where it seemed like it could fly apart any second, this one seemed more grounded and the band seemed more in control. I didn’t weep this time, but the band was in top form and the audience was very VERY receptive. I would like to point out drummer Brian Quast for a amazing overall job. Brian has always been one of my favorite drummers to come out of town and if anything he just gets better and better. It was like, wow. Andy Freeburn has spent so little time in public with a guitar in his hands that you could easily forget what a good player he is. He was point on with everything he was playing and added these little fuck ups and flourishes that recalled one of his heroes, Pen Rollings. He is also a fucking HAM, spelled h-a-m. Ham. Jennifer played and sang solid as always and Kevin also did a admirable job. Being surrounded by so many people from my relative past, it was like stepping into a time machine going back to the early nineties, except that I think Erectus Monotone played better at this show then they probably ever have in the past.
It was fun. I had a good time.

2 comments:

Dave McGurgan said...

Thank you for posting video and review.

Karen A. Mann said...

Thanks for giving me credit. a link to the blog would be nice too: http://mannsworld.blogspot.com