Do you have any idea what it’s like to be in love — with music?
I mean really, really, really in love. So much that it hurts. Your ears. (I wish I had worn my earplugs Sunday night.)
And that love for music is taking me on a whirlwind tour that began last week.
I saw two shows in Omaha. Yes, that was two separate trips. This weekend I am heading to Kanrocksas in Kansas City, and the week after that is Maha in Omaha.
Love has to come with some suffering, right? I think late-night drives home from Omaha and then work the next day counts as some sort of punishment. And if the heat doesn’t break in the coming weeks, these two upcoming festivals are going to be brutal, dehydrating affairs.
But who cares. The music will be awesome.
So let me give you a taste of what I’ve been (and will be) up to. If you love any of these bands or discover that you love them, drop me a note. That would be sweet of you. And it would be better than a phone call, because, like I said, the ears are ringing …
This epic run began Tuesday when I saw Blitzen Trapper at the Slowdown. How is Blitzen Trapper not huge? I have no idea. Their Southern rock by way of Portland, Ore., actually makes me like Southern rock — because let’s be honest, Southern rock is mostly lame.
On Sunday, I can’t tell you how excited I was to see Austra, which is like a hybrid of early Depeche Mode with Lisa Gerrard of Dead Can Dance. (You may remember Lisa better from “Gladiator” and quite a few other soundtracks.) Austra’s show reminded me of the films of Kenneth Anger, because it was like a magical incantation. The music is a bit otherworldly and lead singer Katie Stelmanis waves her arms all over the place while singing live, as if she’s summoning every note from another dimension. It was one of those experiences where I was completely in the moment and dumbstruck with happiness.
I was also excited to see the headliner, Cold Cave, who I feel pretty safe in assuming are influenced by such bands as The Cure, Depeche Mode, New Order and other related goth/new wave bands. Bonus: I got to talk to the keyboardist, Dominick Fernow, for a bit — mostly about the return of “120 Minutes” to MTV2. Like I said, these guys have good taste. Oh yeah, and they like to play really, really loud. That would explain the ringing in my ears …
OK, this is getting longer than I anticipated. On second thought, I’ll look toward the future in a second post …