Friday, June 01, 2007

TT's too long

Sorry things are still moving slowly in my blog land. I've finally got computer service in Somerville, so hopefully posts will improve. Anyhow, since we last spoke, only one major development: Our May 25 show headlining TT the Bear's Place. Good golly, it was fun! Don't believe me? How about this write-up in Blast Magazine. You know what, this Daniel Peleschuk-penned article is so nice, I'm posting the full text right here.

Someone once told me that the best shows around are the local ones.

Up until May 25th, I had always taken that with a grain of salt. But by midnight that evening in Cambridge, Mass., as local favorites Cassavettes were roaring through the middle of their set, it became clear to me: it’s the hidden gems that always rock the hardest.

The Boston-based indie darlings, now approaching 2 years in the running as a full lineup, appeared that night as the headliners at T.T. the Bear’s in Cambridge, along with Logos Business Systems, Self-Righteous Brothers and The Appreciation Post.

Riding on the recent release of their first full-length album, It’s Gonna Change, the relatively young quartet re-energized the seemingly drowsy crowd in the half-empty venue, and kicked some life back into the room.

Cassavettes broke the ice with “You’ll Be Crying Soon” and “On The Lam,” and by the time they blasted into the chorus of their third song, “Carolyn Don’t Leave” – a crowd favorite – they had almost instantly won the affection of every kid in the room.

With three-quarters of the group hailing from Texas, the band seems to capitalize on its twangy Southern charm; every other song possesses an endearingly sweet quality that leaps into the listener’s chest and plants a little seed of country love.

Apart from their musical assets, the group features a few aesthetic values that boost their live performance. Among them, perhaps, is Glenn Yoder’s (Vocalist, Guitar/Piano player) gleeful grin peeking through his slightly disheveled muff-top hair, or Scott Jones’ (Bassist) playful interaction with the crowd.

The real crux of the show, however, was the crowd’s impeccably personal connection with the band; the audience members loved Cassavettes and Cassavettes loved them back. Every song brought with it at least 20 wildly dancing fans, pumping their fists at the band and screaming every other lyric, nearly drowning out the band’s own vocals.

By the end of their set, the band had finished something which they had only 40 minutes earlier created: an almost illegally entertaining local show that shed a glimmer of massive future potential.

Here's the set list from that fateful night:
You'll Be Crying Soon / On the Lam / Carolyn, Don't Leave Like This / Trouble From the Start / Debts / It's Gonna Be Alright / Loose Lips / Shine a Light / Shotgun Wedding / ENCORE: The Nadir

Other than this show, we're just getting all our ducks in a row for the July 7 Middle East Downstairs show. That means promo, party favors, what have you. It needs to be the most fun night this town has seen all year. Maybe ever. Although unless this performance somehow makes the Red Sox win another championship, I doubt it can be the best night for Boston ever.

For more updates, check this post Mike recently put up on the old MySpace.

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Anonymous Jenna said...

WHAT AN AWESOME WRITE-UP!!!! Good job, guys!

01 June, 2007 17:01  
Anonymous mel said...

i agree with jenna, that write-up rules! and it was a wonderfully fantastic fun filled evening, if i do say so myself!

01 June, 2007 20:02  

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