December 7, 2003 @ 1:48 am by sean
Brandon natalie and i stumbled on a scene of people i never knew existed. we found them at a duvall show tonight in wheaton. the first band that played was textbook(youll see them in january if you go to see minerva and university). they looked like they were in their early thirties, drove volkswagens and saabs to their corporate business where they were middle to upper management. and their followers were all the same. they still went to local shows even in their 30’s. they were pretty much rock, but looked like they were punk in their earlier days. for those at home, picture semper-fi in 10-12 years having never gotten signed. some punk roots but maturing into straight up rock. just like semper-fi would do if they never got signed. they wore alternative clothing, but not from a thrift store. the drummer was pretty good. but he was terrible at flipping his sticks. he got 5 out of 14 completions on throwing them up and catching them. all the others went behind, in-front or left or right. all over. it was pretty funny.
the next band was the same age and called the methadones, but they were the shop and factory workers. they were more punkish and wore almost all black. just the drummer wore a white shirt. almost hard pop punk. the guys in the crowd drank beer and wore leather almost biker jackets. some with studs, some with pins. some with an animal on the back from their punk ‘gang’ 15 years ago when they were in high school. and they shook their fists. one guy a lot more than the others. in the half hour set they had, that guy had 5 beers. their guitarist had this thing with throwing his pick in the air and catching it in his mouth. he was even worse than the drummer from texbook. he caught it maybe twice out of a bunch of tries. he had difficulty just catching it in his hand.
so even though these two bands werent all that great, i had a smile on my face the whole time because i was completely entertained. and we realized that would be us in 10-15 years. still goin to local shows, still cheering our friends bands. still trying to be scenesters.
duvall was great. that guy has a super cool voice. there music is very enjoyable, but not textbook/methadone style. they were enjoyable because they were really good. and they didnt throw stuff up and not catch it. the bass player reminded me of my friend steve whose up in minesota at school. it made me very sad when i thought of steve. i havent seen him since june. steve is probably the coolest person i know. no offense to everyone out there who are great friends. there are a few on par with steve. but steve is great. i miss him. i get to see him in december. i cant wait.
there is a band playing dec. 13th called ‘something ordinary’. i would be entertained if they played a show with ETO.
i hope im still pumpin my fist when im thirty.