Thursday, May 04, 2006

Mini-Review - Wrens w/Tapes n' Tapes@Schubas 4/29/06

When did Thax Douglas become the Camera Flash Police at shows? Saturday night at the Wrens/Tapes 'n Tapes show at Schubas, he appeared to be watching the crowd the entire time for the occasional flash, ready to pounce and ask the offender to please turn it off because it's "annoying." Not as annoying as Thax constantly pushing his way back and forth through a sold out audience. If Schubas didn't want people using flash, they'd make a policy and have the bouncers tell people to stop. The venue is brightly lit enough anyway that you hardly notice the flash, and it's small enough that flash can actually make for a good picture. Too bad I forgot my camera! Other than that, the show was great- Tapes 'n Tapes put on a nice little performance, although I think "10 Gallon Ascots" didn't quite kill the way I'd hoped it would- the chorus is so anthemic, it needed to be louder and more passionate. "Insistor" and "Cowbell" were great, though. All fears that the show might be overrun with people there just to see the latest buzz band were quashed as the crowd was definitely a Wrens' crowd. I'd seen the Wrens put on a great show at Schubas two years ago, but somehow this time around they were even better, with more energy and new versions of songs. They opened with an awesome version of "This Boy Is Exhausted," with just two guitars and vocals quietly introducing the song before the rest of the band took the stage to finish it up big. The songs drew mostly from The Meadowlands, making me wonder if they have new material on the way or if they just wanted to please the audience with the favorites. The between song jokes were hilarious and they poked fun at their age ("yeah, back when I was like, 30"), their skill, their popularity, etc. A great show overall... -Nicole Chavas


Anonymous Anonymous said...

no, actually, flashes are annoying. digital cameras are annoying at shows when the kids spend the hour taking pictures above their heads and the singers all have that stupid orange red-eye reduction light shining on their faces through all the slow songs, and my view of the stage is more like a view of 100 little tv screens as people take pictures to post on their blogs.

5/04/2006 05:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no actually flashes are not annoying. cameras, digital or otherwise, are a welcome part of any show. ask any band if they mind the free publicity.

5/05/2006 08:58:00 AM  
Anonymous bensch said...

i'll agree with anonymous. i go to concerts to listen to music, not to watch people attempting to capture a decent photo with their shitty camera phones. It's basically as annoying as those who sit and run their mouths through an entire set while others are there to enjoy the music. kudos to Thax for telling it like it is.

5/05/2006 09:01:00 AM  
Anonymous bensch said...

the first anonymous, that is.

i'm sure musicians enjoy publicity. but how many camera phone snaps actually make it to the public?

5/05/2006 09:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Scott Frazer said...

The worst part is that most of those digital camera flashes don't work past about 15 feet anyway, so the pictures the people are getting generally suck. Lots of well-lit backs of heads.

Watch any "real" photographer take pictures at a concert and there's no flash, just high speed film and a steady hand.

And the flashes? annoying. defintely.

5/05/2006 10:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and thax? annoying. definitely.

5/05/2006 12:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was at the Kelley Stoltz show at Schubas a few weeks back, and someone discreetly took a couple flash pictures from the side of the stage. Thee was maybe 80 people there in total, all pretty well spread out, and the band clearly didn't mind. No one else in the crow did either. Suddently, like a shot, Thax (who didn't pay a dime to get in, unlike everyone else) is in the photog's ear. After a short bit of seemingly tame conversation Thax just flipped out and two inches from his face, starts screaming in a shrill enough voice to cut through the music onstage "FUCK YOU. FUUUUUCK YOU!!!!"

The guilty photog, aside from being temproraily deaf, was so shocked, I don't think he knew what to do and just quietly moved away. Literally, if it had been almost anyone else -- like 9 out of ten people -- they would've completely flattened the fat fuck.

Dude is no longer charming -- if he ever was -- now he's bordering on being a menace.

5/05/2006 12:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

screw Thax... he tried to start a fight with my friend once because he "stole his favorite spot" at schuba's while the big bearded "poet" was taking a piss. i was at that wrens show and thax was outta control, moving about the room telling people to stop using flash cameras... he's like a little kid. FUCK THAX!

5/05/2006 01:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad someone's speaking out against flash camera users. I have bordeline epilepsy and have had to leave shows lately because of all the flashes.

5/09/2006 09:12:00 PM  

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