Arriving at the Entry shortly before the second of two opening acts began, I surveyed the crowd, as is my wont, to discover the average age, even for an 18+ show was older than expected. And by older I still mean younger than me. I should mention that as a dedicated follower of fashion I was surprised to see some folks are still doing the bandanna around the neck thing. I'm fairly certain this is dead. And if not, should be. In fact, I'm now from this moment forward declaring it dead.
It was at this point that I could take no more. I grabbed a handful of ice from an empty in front of me and began throwing cubes at everyone who was staring at their phones. In retrospect, I'm quite surprised at myself for doing this, as I was alone, and as much as I hate on stuff like this, rarely do I actually do something about it. I think everyone got the point.
One should not be surprised by this digital connectivity of the No Age audience, as they are a band whose popularity is in large part due to internet chatter. But still, they ARE a visceral band. Quite frankly you're doing yourself and those around you a disservice if you're in the physical location in which it's happening and instead you're Tweeting or Facebooking about it rather than actually doing it. Fuck, maybe this is the punk rock of today, after all. That's kind of depressing.
For those of us that kept our phones in our pockets, well, we saw a really good show. (-NO'B)
And now, without further adieu...
|No Age, 7th St. Entry, Mpls, MN, 11/23/10|