Last Saturday, I saw Punchline in Indianapolis at the ES Jungle, which is fairly new indie music venue in the basement of a church. It was to be an amazing night. There were actually not that many people at the show. I would have to guess no more than 30-50 people. Actually a small show was nice in many ways. I was able to get some great videos of their set and great pictures, which you can find here . I also thought there would be a better chance for me to meet the guys.
Well let me just say I was able to get 45-60 sec clips of each song in their set. I think the videos I made are great recaps of their set. It was also PJ's Birthday. I was able to catch John's amazing vocal skills on tape singing his own improv version of Happy Birthday. I sent this video to Steve and he was very appreciative and posted it on PJ's facebook.
However, before their set I ventured over to their merch table and found Steve heading it up. So, let me premise this story. I have a lucky concert shirt that I wear to most concerts. I like to wear a band shirt to every concert I go to, but sometimes when I can't figure out which one to wear, or most of the time, I wear my Impossibles shirt. I feel like so many bands have been inspired by or have some connection to the Impossibles, so wearing that shirt is usually a good conversation starter. And I forgot that it was also an FBR shirt, until I was at the show. Anyway, so I ended up talking with Steve for a bit about old school FBR and that's when he told me that the guys from the Stereo produced their new album, if you don't know the Stereo and you love Punchline, I encourage you to check them out. The Stereo also has an Impossibles connection as well. Both the Stereo and the Impossibles are FBR grads, and neither are still bands :(
So, then I asked Steve if I could get a pic. with the band after the set and he agreed. I got my picture and talked to the rest of the guys for a while after the set about good bands, good shows and good venues. I was at the show in Indy of course, but I am from Baltimore originally, so among things we discussed was the Ottobar, my favorite concert venue there. Punchline did a show there not that long ago.( Pictures from the Show!Collapse )
So, as some you may already know, the guys from Punchline are great guys, they were so nice. I'd like to think that this is the beginning of a friendship with the band. I hope to get to know them better at future shows.
As the Impossibles said in their last show DVD, "all we ever had were the fans, we got nothing from the industry, it was all from the fans". I am beginning to see how much the punk rock bands I have met really appreciate their fans and enjoy getting to know them! I have to admit, that for as many shows as I have been to, I have never thought it would be so easy to meet the bands. For a band I consider famous, they really don't act the part.
Another thing I love about the guys, is that they seem to care about animals, they seem to have one somewhere in every video.