Comments: Counting down the hours until the headliner starts playing

The Seconds' website is incoherently written, poorly designed, and not updated since March. ("Their going back into the studio in may to record and their planing on recording a bunch of new songs including...") So it's hard to get a good picture of the bass player, but she does seem somewhat cute. Sadly, the connection was so slow that I couldn't hear their sample MP3s. Or maybe it's not so sad.

Posted by Lance at December 13, 2004 12:42 PM

Dude, you soooo don't want to hear any of that band. We put our fingers in our ears they sucked so bad. I told Francis that I didn't want to forsake any decibels of my hearing for them.

After Ted Leo played, my ears were ringing and Francis and I kept replying, "What?" to each other as we made happy little comments on the way to the train station. And I didn't give a fuck -- awesome mind-blowing guitar god performances are *allowed* to temporarily mess up your hearing. [long happy sigh]

Posted by Rose at December 13, 2004 05:36 PM

So, I decided to see if it was just us being uncharitable, and perhaps by "uncharitable" I might mean "old and boring".

Huh. I certainly don't think I would have liked them more if I'd heard them another night -- our show sounds tame compared to some of the descriptions I read.

I found a few reviews of Seconds' related crap. This one tells us that at a show in Richmond, the band the Ex Models (which shares members with the Seconds) did this:

One of their guitarists jumped into the crowd, knocked a guy's brew out of his hand, and then hit my friend in the face with his instrument.

The author went on to say:

If the Ex Models' and the Seconds' music were a person, his behavior would be unpredictable, and he'd be really hard to talk to. So if beer spills, it just feels like a natural extension of what's going on in the music, not a stylized rock move.

If their music were a person, this would be a person you would walk away from quickly but calmly, with your hands in the air, saying, "Please, please don't hurt me." And you'd make sure to not invite them to your next party.

Another review/interview tells us that:

Lehroff's riffs stretch out and snap back in a way that's almost as elastic as his face, which contorts in ways previously unknown to the human anatomy as he squeals, yelps and stutters his way through each song. Unfortunately, his strings aren't quite so elastic and the set is interrupted several times as he tries to repair the damage, compounded towards the end by Kwon's bass, which pertwangs into a mess of tangled wire, and Chase's drumsticks, which are accidentally sent flying at several points during the performance.

Yeah. That sounds great. Why on earth are these people allowed to own instruments, as opposed to maybe having rocks they could bang on cans?

Both those articles were nearly entirely sympathetic to the band, though -- the authors seem to feel that this is some sort of genuine expression of energy and ideas and points of view. I think it is wacked-out bullshit.

Posted by Rose at December 16, 2004 02:01 PM

Oddly, I've heard some songs by the Ex-Models and liked them fine. Clearly I should also avoid seeing them live, though.

Posted by Francis at December 16, 2004 02:42 PM