Last week was kinda crazy as our institute held one of the thrice yearly councils and I got roped into minding the reception desk to save us the $$ we usually spent on a contractor, but after work on Friday I headed up to Baltimore to meet up with atomagedevilman and we headed off to the Ottobar early. Parked out back & went next door to Reptilian Records to browse (very smart of them to locate next to the Ottobar & thus have a captive audience before shows) & ran into Albert & Danny from TA's crew & soon after Nick popped in to find Albert & say hello :)
Found Mark Unseen & took him to dinner at the Paper Moon Diner around the corner & then headed back to the Ottobar & got a good space up next to the stage. First up were the War Tapes - sort of a goth-indie band, to quote Chris "If Peter Murphy was a drug then the singer O.D.'d" but I thought they were pretty decent.
Next up were the Unseen who tore the place up - it got pretty crazy in there with tons of kids jumping up to stage dive & crowd surf & one guy kinda richoted off the balcony overhang. Pretty nuts!!! Just as crazy as when I saw them there 2 mos ago with Wilhelm Scream.
Tiger Army was up last, similar setlist to last February including "American Nightmare" for thefirst encore - yay!! Intensely cool to see them in such a small club with no barricade (tho there were some problems with folks trying to jump onstage & accidentially unplugging stuff)
Prelude: Signal Return
When the Night Comes Down
Santa Carla Twilight
Rose of the Devil's Garden
Through the Darkness
Forever Fades Away
Afterwards I went out to the car & got "Vampira" & brought her in to Geoff - I apologized for how long it took me to finish her but he didn't mind & he was thrilled with her & also very relieved that I built a special foam-lined shipping container for her to ride back home in so he didn't have to worry about her getting broken while they finish the tour. Great to get a chance to hang out & talk to him for a while & also gave James a big hug. Missed my boys!
Only regret of the night - once again I missed the opportunity to meet Linas Garsys. He must have been there as Nick gave him a shout out on stage but Chris's friend Tony who knows him & was assigned the task of pointing him out to me didn't see him :( Bummer as he is very high on my list of people I want to meet as one of my favorite artists & original designer of 2 of my tattoos!
some pix of Tiger Army - still gotta sort thru/resize the War Tapes & Unseen pix