I did not go to see Jimmy Eat World at the Garrick Centre this past week. I probably should have, but it was sold out. I heard it was pretty good.
There’s a local lady that I follow on Facebook who goes by TicketMOMster. I don’t know her personally but I get the sense that we might be kindred spirits. She is a music lover – of Rock and Jazz especially. She just goes to concerts (like all the concerts, seriously, I have no idea how she affords it!) and writes about it. Not in typical review fashion though. You won’t find set lists or detailed breakdowns on the technical end, but what she’s really good at is explaining what the show felt like. Maybe not for everyone, but a concert can be a very personal experience and her take is most often funny and irreverent. Ticketmomster’s review of Jimmy Eat World was a little less than glowing but she comes by it honestly – she just doesn’t like them that much. But the most interesting part of her review, to me at least, was a note about what happened before the show.
My friend Dwayne, runs a photo blog dedicated to live music in Winnipeg called It’s a Music Thing. Sometimes I write album reviews for him. Outside the Garrick Centre, Dwayne was focusing his attention on what appeared to be a busker. He was not. The acoustic guitar player in question was Jimmy Eat World’s sound tech Dennis, better known to some as the lead singer of punk band Ten Foot Pole. Here’s a clip of him performing My Wall:
I am so glad that Dwayne is way more punk rock than me and seeks, finds and captures golden moments like these. Ten Foot Pole has a new album on the way called Setlist, featuring re-recorded versions of some of their best loved songs and two new ones. I’m excited because there seems to be something of a punk rock resurgence in the air; Rise Against and Rancid are both releasing new albums next month. And if you like that, you’ll be stoked with a couple announcements coming your way on Monday. Stay tuned.
See ya in the pit!