The Alarmists blow the doors off First Ave.

I just got back from the Alarmists CD release show at First Ave, and I also picked up the freshly minted album “The Ghost and the Hired Gun” and goddamn if it isn’t as fantastic as the live show I just came from. I believe they played the new album through cover to cover, though a few Jack Daniels and Cokes prevent me from validating that, exactly. But I’m giving the new album a first listen right now, and I love it as much as the EP, “A Detail Of Soldiers”, which I couldn’t stop raving about when it came out,

It was great to see First Ave packed with their fans. Openers White Light Riot sounded great as well, and had a pretty decent crowd for an opening band themselves. I am most enthused with the general state of the local music scene here, which by my eyes is thriving in quite a well and alive state. I realize that we may have had periods where bigger things came up and out, especially in the 80s and 90s. But still, you can’t argue with an entirely local music show that sells out First Ave on a Friday night. You just can’t. I am so thrilled by all of this, in part because I’ve seen these guys all in bars with far fewer people. And to play the Ave. like that, well, that’s a seriously huge musical accomplishment. Best wishes to all of the bands that played tonight.

4 Comments so far

  1. Erica M (unregistered) on July 21st, 2007 @ 12:10 pm

    you can’t argue with an entirely local music show that sells out First Ave on a Friday night

    Amen, brotha!


  2. Jeremy (unregistered) on July 21st, 2007 @ 4:54 pm

    It was a hell of a show and a lot of fun to see the crowd so into the music. Yet another reason why I love this town!


  3. sarah green (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 7:42 am

    Amen, Amen, my friend. My closest friends and I were all there… it was a beautiful thing, and utterly validated a) why I live here and b) why I didn’t get into the Pitchfork music festival in Chicago. Not only do we have some excellent local musicians here — we also have a music scene with excellent tastes and the ability to come together to do some serious rocking on a Friday night. Even the best music is less enjoyable when you are standing with a bunch of self-righteous posing hipsters who deem themselves too cool to really enjoy anything. What I loved most about this show was the entire crowd’s willingness to just be genuine – let the music do its thing – and enjoy a stellar Friday night at First Ave.

    Did anyone else freeze in there, with the AC on? I’ve never in my life *wanted* to bring a sweater in with me to a show!


  4. sarah green (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 7:42 am

    Amen, Amen, my friend. My closest friends and I were all there… it was a beautiful thing, and utterly validated a) why I live here and b) why I didn’t get into the Pitchfork music festival in Chicago. Not only do we have some excellent local musicians here — we also have a music scene with excellent tastes and the ability to come together to do some serious rocking on a Friday night. Even the best music is less enjoyable when you are standing with a bunch of self-righteous posing hipsters who deem themselves too cool to really enjoy anything. What I loved most about this show was the entire crowd’s willingness to just be genuine – let the music do its thing – and enjoy a stellar Friday night at First Ave.

    Did anyone else freeze in there, with the AC on? I’ve never in my life *wanted* to bring a sweater in with me to a show!



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