So after trying to talk about everyone I know into checking out the Captured! By Robots show last night, I get to the Reverb only to see a sign on the wall proclaiming that C!BR had cancelled.

Pressing the door guy for more information, I found out that basically, JBOT got to the club, looked at the flights of stairs going up to it, and decided there was no way he was trucking his big heavy robots up there. A few at the bar offered to help, but he still decided that even if folks helped him get the bots up the steps, he’d be out of luck after the show getting them back down the steps after everyone leaves. Which, in my opinion, would not have been the case. I, for one, if I had gotten there earlier and known of the situation, would have been more than glad to stick around after closing time to help load out, and there are usually several regular patrons on the nights who tend to hang around until somewhat past closing time. We’re a friendly bunch here in eastern Iowa, we would have seen to it that things were taken care of, in order to have been entertained with such a unique show. But I guess JBOT didn’t see it that way. I hope he comes back and tries it again.

Scotty-Pants and Tara must have been especially bummed out, since they showed up planning to get married by JBOT – because I guess a regular feature of C!BR’s live set is that JBOT marries people. It says so on their flyers even. They dressed up for the occasion, had pictures taken beforehand and everything. As for me, I was hoping to write a big blog post about the show.

Well, I had a good time all the same. Judah came out and we played pool with a guy with a mohawk while Hold For Swank played. They were okay. Lot of nicely-executed pop moves in their songs, though like all too many college-town rock bands, they rely rather heavily on crude humor, and that angle wears out fast as you approach your 30s. The Mittens were on and loud, as always. They played some new songs from their forthcoming third CD that sounded pretty cool, especially “Hiding In The Light,” which was last on their set list, though they closed with a cover of “Like A Rolling Stone” afterwards. And speaking of The Mittens doing covers, I think “Billie Jean” came off last night the best I’ve ever heard them do it. Leah thinks The Mittens’ songs all sound kind of the same, and she has a point: they tend to reuse certain chords, progressions, and rhythmic figures over and over. But that just makes the times when they deviate even a little from their formula extra special. And after all, in order to think outside the box, you have to start with a box.

Ran into several old friends, including Ryan, who thinks I should put a band together with Scott. I’ve always liked Scott’s songs, so maybe it’s worth looking into. After closing time, Scott, Tara, Heather and I hung out at Scott’s place until pretty late, chatting and joking it up. Good times.

Charlie Schiz

Charlie Schiz
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. I've been weird all my life. It's my time to shine.

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