am listening to the smashing pumpkins cover of 'never let me down again' and thinking how very much i love billy corgan's voice. kids i went to high school with complained that it was effete (though they would never use such a word) and emo (though the term wasn't invented then) - which it is. more than rites of spring, fugazi or any of those authentic punk guys, i imagine emo kids as closet sp fans, screaming sadness with their hush hush voice.
last night played with mates of state - an amazing, slightly voyeuristic experience to stand behind the drummer and have the keyboardist stare at him the whole time - like she is looking at you - so incredibly in love with each other, so locked into time - and her piano skills are fantastic - vocals yearning in unison - they shouldn't play so long though - the richness of her keys gets a little too much after 20 minutes, the rushing triplets exasperating. i'm sure it will come to me later but right now i can't think of any band doing music like there's.
we also played with this bad emo band 'circle and square' whom are destined to mediocre celebrity cause their lead singer is marginally attractive and is somehow friends with a vj from mtv. worse than being a bad band is being a band with no desire to be anything but famous. if it weren't for the cheesy guitar solos and inane lyrics (uninspired rythmns, blocky bass lines, boring drum patterns and lackluster vocals) i would have actually enjoyed them in a sunny day/slowdive kind of way. i was trying to at least bc, although they we 2nd out of 4 bands, they played the longest set. during the late bit of inter-song banter, the singer asked 'how many emo kids does it take to...' to which my very angry hardcore friend shouted 'at least four' and then called them 'james taylor-esque'. weird to be in a group that's heckling at your own show. poor form?