Venue: The House Cafe Location: DeKalb, Illinois Date: 06.20.08 Other Bands: Joie De Vivre, Dragonfire Parade, You
On the way to DeKalb, Kiley and I finally watched the third installment of the Indiana Jones trilogy, The Last Crusade, and I must say, Sean Connery is pretty awesome in that movie. I’m sure some Indiana Jones purists out there might hate me for saying this, but it might be my favorite of the three movies – it’s pretty solid.
Music in the van: The Cardigans, Elliot Smith, Janet Jackson, Pearl Jam, Spoon
We finally got into town, and cruised down the familiar main street of shops. This was our second time staying in DeKalb, but our first time playing there. We had hung out at The House Cafe before, but had no idea where to load-in. Once we got that squared away, we did the standard dispersing again: Kiley popped across the street to a women's vintage boutique, Mike and I stayed at the House to use the Wi-Fi, and the rest of the guys hit up the local pool hall. I'm telling you, this is how it always works.
The hours flew by, and before I realized it, the show was starting. Three local openers played to what I can only describe as a ''revolving door'' crowd, with any one band's fans coming up front for their set, and then retreating (or leaving altogether) when they finished.
By the time we played, the attendance had dropped considerably, and half of the people that were still there were in the waaaay back of the room. Everyone seemed politely into it, and the applause seemed convincingly spirited, but I couldn't believe that there were about two dozen people who watched us from literally as far away from the stage as they could physically. I guess maybe they stilled wanted to talk and hang out and be at The House Cafe, but maybe in their mind, the show ended when the band they came to see finished playing. Which is totally fine, I'm not griping – I'm glad they stayed at all. I just found it a little amusing.
After the show we headed over to our booking agent Bojan's house, where we stayed on our last visit to DeKalb. Eric E. and Mike’s cat allergies relegated them to sleeping in the van, but the rest of us stayed up for a bit playing Pain, a quirky and bizarre game for the PlayStation 3, where you slingshot characters into buildings, objects, and other characters and try to sustain their ricochet so that they can smash into as many things as possible. It’s kind of twisting and captivating all at the same time. Best part of the game: The ''urban'' character’s shout as he flies through the air – “THIS… IS… THE… REEEMMIIIIIIIIIIIIXXX!”
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