My Valentine’s Day this year was a little different than most people’s. Mike and I decided to support our old college radio station WKNC 88.1 by attending the second night of their Double Barrel Benefit that just so happened to be Valentine’s Day evening. Somehow it seems fitting that he and I would spend this holiday at a concert since we met at a local show last year.
Here’s a run down of the night’s events.
BodyGames played first, however we got there a little late due to my work schedule, so we only caught their last song. I’m sad we missed them because I enjoyed them when I saw them play at the Kosher Hut this year. But if you like chill electronic-80’s-throwback kinda jams then check them out!
Next was Museum Mouth, a crowd favorite. They hail from Wilmington, NC but they play lots of local shows in the triangle area. I absolutely adore this band, not just because they covered Taylor Swift for their Valentine’s Day cover this year, but because they are truly such cool guys and fun to watch. They were by far the most upbeat band of the evening and stole the show in my opinion. The lead singer Karl Kuehn is hilarious and entertaining even from his seat behind his drum set.
During the most serious song of the show, Karl lightened the mood by taking selfies with the crowd and then brought out these ridiculously huge drum sticks and managed to play the rest of the song with them.
Next was Elvis Depressedly. Quite the change from Museum Mouth because they slowed things down drastically. Very indie meets emo. I’m not super fond of the female or male leads’ voices because it reminds me of Micheal Cera and Ellen Page from Juno when they sing together. But if I hadn’t been so exhausted from work, to the point of almost falling asleep from the slow songs, I probably would have enjoyed it more.
Last was Eternal Summers, an equally slow indie band with a female lead. People started to clear out during their set because it was late and again, the slow music was putting everyone to sleep. But they put on a good show and even joked about the people leaving. They played a lot of new songs that the crowd didn’t know, but as the lead singer put it, a room full of college radio students is kind of the perfect crowd to play your new album for.
I’m so proud of our friends that put these two shows on! They were a huge success and a blast to attend. I honestly can’t wait to see what band they line up for next year.