Last night was a wonderful night. I got to see a friend that I hadn’t seen in over five years. I got to scream “poops” into the microphone and I got to relive my youth by seeing a band live that I never thought I would get to see play again.
It was the reunion show for Small Towns Burn a Little Slower. These guys are a Twin Cities band that I saw open up for a few shows down at The House Of Bricks in Des Moines, Iowa. I remember seeing them for the first time and thinking, yeah, this is a band that I could really get into. My soundtrack quickly became over saturated with their music. I was super excited that I would be moving to their home base and thought that would mean I would get to see them more frequently but, unfortunately, it seemed like as soon as I moved up to the Twin Cities, they announced they were breaking up and I felt like I missed my chance.
Small Towns Burn a Little Slower announced that they would be reuniting to play a benefit to help a kid that is super into the scene with some medical bills. As soon as the show got announced, I snagged up a ticket. This was my chance. I would finally get to see Small Towns again and this time on their home turf.
There were a couple other bands on the bill that all killed it. The show started with Triple Crossed who brought a little hardcore love to the bill. Night of Joy added a little bit of upbeat experimental rock music. Supportive Parents seemed to be the stand out supporting act for me. These guys sound a lot like the group Iron Chic who I am currently obsessed with. All in all, each of the other bands brought something different to the show and each of them sounded great and had a great amount of energy.
In between Supportive Parents and Small Towns, there was some movement that seemed to be a bit different from the rest of the night. Then, I saw the black sweatpants with the gold fanny packs. Koo Koo Kanga Roo had showed up as they often do when they are in town and free. They jumped on the ledge that separated the bar area from the floor area and started having everyone do their warm up stretches. They only played a few songs but that’s normal for them. People seemed super confused at first but within a few minutes, had warmed up to the wacky duo. I was one of the lucky winners that got the microphone shoved in my face during their hit song “Everybody Poops” and had to scream “poops!” into the microphone. I’m pretty sure my face has never turned that shade of red before.
Once Koo Koo Kanga Roo was done embarrassing everyone, it was finally time for Small Towns Burn a Little Slower. I could feel the excitement building up inside of me and as soon as they hit the stage, it just all had to come out.
The room seemed to erupt with the first note that Small Towns played. People started moving more than they had all night and, what were strangers at the beginning of the night, became best friends within a single song. Some people cried during some of the songs, some people held onto their best friends without letting go throughout the set. Regardless of how people reacted to hearing the music of their childhood, everyone had a smile on their face and were more than thankful for the experience of seeing this band after such a long time.
When I go to metal shows I feel like I already know everyone. Last night was the first time in awhile where I felt like I didn’t know a soul but last night was the perfect night to feel like that. Everyone that was at Reverie last night had such a strong connection to the music that nobody felt alone in any way shape or form. Even though I tried to play the role of fly on the wall in order to get material to write about, it just didn’t work. I couldn’t help but feel completely at home among the strangers the surrounded me.
Venue: Reverie Cafe + Bar
Sausage Fest Meter- 6 out of 10
Average Age of the Crowd- 30
Crowd Surfers- 1
Stage Divers- 2 Failed Attempts
Broken Bones- None
Drunkards Taken Out By Security- None
Celebrity Sightings- I really don’t know this scene that well but I did see members of Naive Sense
Overall Score- 8 out of 10
Show on Deck- Royal’z/ Milestone/ Imagine the Silence and more!