Last night the Bouncing Souls kicked off their four-night stay at the Highline Ballroom by performing The Good, the Bad, and the Argyle and Maniacal Laughter, both in their entirety. Before they did that, Hostage Calm, Dave Hause, and Weston opened the show.
Connecticut-based band Hostage Calm has gained a lot of popularity since I first saw them in 2007. They recently teamed up with Alternative Press to bring attention to marriage equality. They offered their full length self-titled album for free to anyone who signed their name on a letter to New York Senators urging them to pass the Marriage Equality Act.
Dave Hause was up next. Hause is from Philadelphia and has played with the Souls a lot, both alone and with his band The Loved Ones (who will be performing tomorrow). He has recently put out some solo recordings and the crowd definitely enjoyed hearing them last night. Hause was up there alone with his guitar (except for two songs when Mikey Erg and Chris Gonzalez joined in) but was perfectly comfortable, and funny, joking with the crowd in between songs.
Weston was a band I hadn't heard much about but the crowd seemed to know them. The reliable Wikipedia tells me that they have been playing on and off since 1990 and have changed their style and members numerous times since. I thought they sounded great last night--full of energy and funny.
Last up were the Souls, playing their two earliest full-length records beginning to end. There's not much to say--the band never disappoints. Their shows are always a blast and this one was no exception. The best parts for me were hearing "Joe Lies", "Argyle", and "The Freaks, Nerds, and Romantics". Three more nights of this--can't walt for tonight!
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All photographs © Angela Datre 2011