I don’t like old music.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I’m the worst music fan in the history of music fans. I don’t worship Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath. Queen and Prince just gives me a headache. I think The Beatles and The Rolling Stones are overrated. There, I said it.
All of that being said, I do understand where my music comes from. I may not like old music, but I sure do respect the forefathers. I understand my roots and know where it came from. I don’t bash on the pioneers of metal and pop music, I just don’t like it.
Last night I got to see The Bottle Rockets at The Turf Club. The Bottle Rockets are considered to be one of the leaders, along with Uncle Tupelo, of the whole 90’s alt-country/ roots revival that happened. The band started back in 1992 and have been releasing music ever since.
Yes, I know 1992 was not that long ago. These guys have not been around as long as The Beatles or Black Sabbath but they are still old in my mind. Their music used to be relatable back in the 90’s but it’s not relevant anymore, at least not to me.
I can’t relate to much of, if any, of their lyrics. I don’t have the same views as them and have not experienced the same things. They sing of a much simpler time. As I’ve said before, lyrics mean everything to me. I want music that I can relate to, music that I can sing along with and believe every word I’m saying. Unfortunately, the music of The Bottle Rockets is not that type of music.
The guitar riffs are precise and clean but not exciting enough to keep my eyes on the stage. That’s not to say that the musicians are not talented, because they are. Like I said, the music is clean and precise, it’s just not exciting to me. It’s music that I might play in the background while I’m working on a tough project because it doesn’t catch my attention at all.
The crowd seemed to match the music. It was a much older crowd than I’m used to and a very laid back crowd. I dragged my poor roommate to this show and we found the last available table towards the back of the venue. Even when the local opener started the crowd didn’t move. People stayed in their chairs and just shifted to be able to see the stage. There was no rush to the stage, nobody fighting to get to the front. Just everyone sitting there with their beers and enjoying the company and music.
Last night was definitely not the type of music I typically enjoy. Add to that the fact that I consider it “old” music. Last night was not my favorite show of all time but it wasn’t the worst either.
I will say this, going to the show last night was a nice distraction from the commotion going on in Minneapolis right now. I don’t know if you’ve heard but a black man was shot by a police officer in north Minneapolis. There have been protestors camped out in front of the precinct office for days and last night the movement seemed to escalate due to more people getting involved. I will not voice my opinions on this as I am a fan of music not a politician. I will say this though:
I think this world would be a much better place if people just realized the power of live music and went to a show every night and treated it like the sacred place it is. The people causing issues around the world right now don’t need Jesus, they don’t need to be saved, they just need a live concert.
Venue: The Turf Club
Glasses of Beer I Chugged- 2
Average Age of Crowd- 45
Show on Deck- The Menzingers/ Mewithoutyou/ Pianos Become The Teeth/ Resorations