Concert season is descending upon Utah in a big way. I already had three shows I planned on attending (Cut Copy, VHS or Beta, and Ladytron) when I learned of a show at the University of Utah not a week off for both Hellogoodbye and Shiny Toy Guns.
Being the crazy music lover I am, I made it happen and found babysitting for the girls last minute so I could attend. (Thanks Sis!)
One of the names for the demise of an ex-mormon board I had a hand ushering in was "The Kerfuffle" or "The Kerfuckle" if you wanted a more international flair. I absolutely had to have a T-shirt with the name of the show on it to wear at future ex-mo get-togethers.
The show itself was great, if not a little cold. They held it in the grassy area outside the student union building and mother nature hates springtime in Utah. I was moving to the music as long as the bands played so I didn't stay cold for long.
My first thought on seeing a video for Hellogoodbye was that they would be the result if the stars of the movie Revenge of the Nerds decided to start a band. They were hilarious with the lead singer miming flashing the audience his chest while shouting "Show em! Show em! Show em to Gordon Hinckley!" I was dying, especially at the occasionally mortified audience member. For their finale they played their most recognizable song, Here (in your arms). They substituted the second verse with Digital Love by Daft Punk much to the enjoyment of the group I was with. I definitely like these guys even more after seeing them live.
I don't think a single person was sitting through the entirety of Shiny Toy Guns set. They were very appreciative of the crowd's energy and kept commenting on what a good time they were having. The lead singer has a grizzly adams beard that they put up for a vote of approval by the audience. They played a few new songs as well as an older song I'd never heard before. I REALLY like!
There's nothing quite like seeing your favorite bands live.