So after all this time here it is…

So a couple weeks ago now, on the 20th, I went to Mountain Park in Holyoke to see Death Cab for Cutie. It is one of the nicest new venues to pop up in the area in the last few years. On the grounds of what was once an amusement park before I existed rests a great outdoor venue. Set your blankets up on the hill side or stand as close as you possibly can. Though I can’t understand why you would want to be farther away at a general admission show where you can get pretty gosh darn close, I have never been able to understand, it’s up to you. Regardless of where you are it is a nice place, plenty of trees around, And they seem to have adequate land to hold a festival, I’m hoping so one day in this life anyways.

Hokay, so enough of that and more on the show. Surfer Blood opened with a rather small set, but still awesome. I’m not really sure how to describe their sound, but it seems to be a blend of old school punky vibes, surf pop, and Pixies. That’s the best I can do. I encourage a listen. But while they were pretty cool, I forgot all about them when Death Cab took the stage. They were just a whole other ball game as it were. They are one of my favorite bands and I have wanted to see them for so long. It started out with Ben doing a solo acoustic rendition of “I will Follow You Into The Dark,” everyone singing along of course, leading into the full band opener, “Home Is A Fire,” the opening track from their latest album, last year’s “Codes and Keys,” and then the ultimate stalker anthem, “I Will Possess your Heart.” The rest of the set featured many of my favorite songs by them, from their four most recent albums, and a few older songs I didn’t know. Counting the encore their set was about two hours long, featuring the likes of “Crooked Teeth,” “You Are A Tourist,” “What Sarah Said,” “The New Year,” “Codes and Keys.” Their set pre-Encore ended with an extremely extended jam version of “They Looked Like Giants,” leading into “Soul Meets Body,” The encore finished with “Marching Bands of Manhattan.” I love all these songs on the albums, but live the guys take it to a whole new place. One of the best, if not the all time best show I ever saw. Never have I been to a show where so many people there are on the same level energy-wise, nor where I have seen so many people singing along to almost every song. Some great dancing, only a few shoving jerks, and a sea of strangers who at the time of the show I shared such a total kinship with. I don’t feel like that enough at shows, and hope to experience more of it soon. 🙂

No other shows lined up until I go see Ben Folds Five next month in the same venue.


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