While I've tried to lay low and save my voice, yesterday a curveball of the best sort came my way. The odds have prevailed and yesterday afternoon I found out that I won a pair of tickets to see The Thermals play at Irving Plaza! After a frantic series of texts to find someone that was free, Gabe and I were off to rock out (in silence, for me). Even though the timing was somewhat ironic (laryngitis + rock concert? bring.it.on.), the crowd had an amazing energy and it was a total blast. A perfect little nugget to lead into CMJ next week (I only have plans to see two official shows, but we'll see what happens).
I've never been a hardcore Thermals fan - they're definitely one of those bands I always like whenever I hear them, and I have random attachments to certain songs, but do I sit around and listen to them? Not really. But that may change now!
Here are some awful phone pics that don't particularly represent my levels of fun:
some creepy Furbies hanging out on stage
The opener was supposed to be Cymbals Eat Guitars, who were replaced last-minute by Twin Shadow, who were definitely channeling some New Order up there. There was a pretty heated comments section on the BrooklynVegan post about the switch. A little crazier than the average BV snark-fest.