weekend curfew


On Tuesday evening I had the opportunity to check out the Make Like a Leaf and Fall Tour 2008 at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, VA. This show featured Photo Finish RecordsDanger Radio as the headliner with support from Farewell, nevershoutnever, Red Car Wire, and other local acts. Upon arrival, I was surprised to find that the cafe/venue was at capacity, leaving me to wait outside and eventually in the rain.

By the time I actually got in, Joplin, MO’s own Christofer Drew was mid-set. This 17 year-old one-man act has garnered heavy attention online, earning himself internet fame as one of the top unsigned artists today and since the release of The Yippee EP, Drew has appeared on MTV’s TRL. To be honest, I was a bit skeptical before I saw the kid play. I wasn’t sold on his haircut alone, but man, he’s has some talent. He’s got a mean set of pipes and has a knack for songwriting. As seen in the linked video, he can surely hit the high notes and has developed a strong following, arguably drawing the biggest crowd that night. I’ll be very interested to see what this kid is able to do beyond standing alone on a stage with an acoustic guitar and also how his songs translate to a full electric band. Until then, the kid is so fresh out of homeroom that he even referred to a past period of time as “tennis season.”

Next up were Greenboro’s Farewell. The hard hitting synth-pop-rock sextet rocked the stage to an unfortunately lackluster crowd. Emerging from a recent lineup change, the guys delivered a full-on energetic, chest pumping performance. Memorable moments included a couple fans stomping around on stage with bassist Buddy Bell, and frontman Marshall Davis belting lyrics until his face was red with asphyxia. Playing tracks off their Epitaph debut Isn’t this Supposed to be Fun!? Farewell sounded like a well rehearsed, headline worthy act. Though this was the first time I had seen Farewell live, I’ve been following the band for about a year and can’t wait to see them play again–whether it’s on MTV or on their own national headlining tour.

The headliners were Danger Radio. I didn’t stick around to watch their full set. However, I have seen them before, supporting Cute Is What We Aim For. I don’t know know if it was the small venue or the flu going around or what, but frontman Andrew De Torres was not at the top of his game, missing notes. I’m sure the band won’t let my words get them down, from the last time I know that their sound is quite infectious and inspires many a dance party.

Anyway, this marks another time when I had to go to a concert by myself. Sad, yes I know. I just don’t have that many friends with similar music tastes in the area. Next post will be about another lonely show, featuring Sparky’s Flaw.