My body danced to the music as blue, green and red lights moved across the room at the Spitalfield/Straylight Run concert last Thursday night at Fat Tuesday’s. The floor was not very packed, when I first arrived and my crew and I were able to move our way to the front of the stage.
Spitalfield was the first band to play and my personal favorite. Jesse Berg, another writer for The Easterner got me into them when he bought the Victory Records DVD a couple months ago.
Playing at the show in order was Spitalfield, Gratitude, The Honorary Title, Minus the Bear, and Straylight Run.
Since Spitalfield was the first band to play, I made sure that I got there early so as not to miss any of the action. They put on a great show, but I did not like the way that they changed some of their songs from the way that I had heard them on their CD and the DVD. Spitalfield is a pop/punk band that is really good at just getting the blood flowing and putting out a generally good vibe. That is exactly how their show was. My favorite song, “I Love the Way She Says L.A.,” was played at the end of the set, and the crowd was going wild.
Spitalfield has a new CD out called Stop Doing Stupid Things, which I would tell anybody to go and check out. Spitalfield was fun to watch, but they didn’t compare to some of the other bands.
The second band to play was Gratitude, which was so much better than I thought they were going to be.
I usually don’t like to watch the bands that I don’t know, but I was really glad that I got to see Gratitude. They had an amazing set. The lead singer was very good. Gratitude wasn’t a screamo band, which I don’t like.
Even with all of the instruments, you could almost tell all of the words that he was saying. I think that being in a band is all about the music, but if all you can hear is screaming, then that is not something that I want to watch or listen to.
I got to talk with the band as they were behind their merchandise booth, and they were all really nice. I even got one of their T-shirts and some buttons.
They were a rock band that rocked the house, but they could also be mellow and quiet. It was my favorite group of the night.
The third band to play was another band that I had not heard of, but unlike Gratitude, I didn’t like them.
The Honorary Title was all about the singer’s voice and not as much about the group or the music.
Granted the lead singer had a great voice; however, there was not as much with the guitars or the drums, which I am very partial to. Good qualities about the band and the set was that they sang about a lot of funny things. One of their songs was about getting with some girl, and the lyrics made you smile and laugh.
They also had a good stage presence when they weren’t singing. They would talk to the crowd and say more than just that they are happy to be in Spokane. They almost had conversations with the crowd. Not as good as the other bands, they still brought a good light to the floor.
The fourth band was Minus the Bear, which seemed to be the main band the people were there to see.
Minus the Bear has a huge following since they are from Seattle. They played a really good show.
It was so close to the Gratitude set, I almost couldn’t decide which one was better. The lead singer was a very good singer, and all of the equipment was set up very well so all of the instruments and the microphones sounded great.
The last band, Straylight Run put on one hell of a show. They are a synth band that sings a lot of slower songs with a rock edge to them.
The song that I knew, which also happened to be from the Victory Records DVD was “Existentialism on Prom Night,” which tells us to sing like you think no one is listening, and sing me something soft, sad and delicate.
The unusual thing about this band is that there are two lead singers, and that one of them is a girl. She has a great voice, and the band itself is very good with harmonizing to the softer side of her voice. She even sings some songs on her own, which she told the crowd as she talked about their new CD.
Straylight Run put on a great show, and it was easy to see why they were the headlining band.
Fat Tuesday’s is a very cool venue. They have the floor and the stage right at the front of the building and just past the merchandise tables. In the back there are pool tables, places to sit down and a place to get some food if you have become hungry from all the dancing.
There is also a bar for those 21 and over. The best part about being able to get into the bar area is that it has the best view of the stage and all of the bands, but since I came with some of my younger friends I couldn’t stay up there the whole time.
The show and the night was a lot of fun and one of the best that I have ever seen. I would encourage anyone who is interested in that kind of music to check out any of the bands that were on the tour. You won’t be disappointed.