The band I have wanted to see for a while, Poison Control Center, was on a double bill with fellow Afternoon Records band Now, Now Every Children. I have been constantly listening to PCC awesome full length debut, A Collage of Impressions, ever since I picked it up a couple of months ago. Smart and sharp, it is exactly what a post-pavement band should sound like. Some of the songs are weird and zany and filled with fictitious names and places, others deep and witty with interesting people and places from history. All are tightly played with high levels of musical talent. I was a little disappointed to find out that only two of the members were able to make it as the other two were doing things for grad school. The two PCC members left decided to take it in their hands that the crowd would not be left with two acoustic troubadours singing at the front of a coffee shop. They spent 30 minutes playing gem after gem from the catalogue all over the room. They stood on chairs and tables, they did the splits, they screamed, they led a conga line and they kept the crowd tightly wound around their fingers the whole time. Although I would have preferred hearing the whole band, this was a very interesting experience.(also a little frightening for two people who did not expect a full on assault of our personal bubbles) I don't think anyone could have left that show thinking that they had not got their money’s worth from these two guys(some of the people may not have dug the in your face experience, but they couldn't say they did not get a show) After seeing the PCC show, it made me more desirous to see the whole band and really experience their music live.
We didn't stay around for Now, Now Every Children, but I have a couple of thoughts.
-They looked like they had an average age of 15, which is really cool if they are even close to as young as they look. I was not making indie rock when I was 15. (or any rock for that matter, I was probably getting drunk off high life and arguing about Stairway to Heaven and Freebird)
-I think Robyn and I may have been the only people there not related to/friends of the band. I swear it seemed like a parents and friends only show
-Although they seemed mildly horrified to be playing, I think Now, Now Every Children had potential and could be pretty good. I saw they will be opening for Beach House and Papercuts, who I plan on seeing, so I will be able to get a better impression then.