Saturday, May 8th 2004
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Looking forward to the show tonight! Saw them last in Minneaplois about four years ago... what a great live show. As an N.S.er myself, I'm hoping to hear The N.S. tonight.... and dying for some old-school Underwhelmed, but I don't think they play that album much anymore. Enjoy the show!
Looking forward to hearing "Chester the Molester" are "Lines You Amend"...just in case anyone writing a set list happens to check this...
I'm ready for some Action Pact tracks...
Let's rock tonight Sloan style!!! Three hours to go!!
Sloan put on a great show and made us proud to be Canadian. Who would have known Action Pact just came out in the US; I got mine on maplemusic.com months ago. Anyway, Sloan was awesome.
The show was great. They didn't play "Deeper Than Beauty" even though I asked, politely. I've seen them 3 times now, and I guess that I'm wondering how they keep the fans at bay I have a feeling that they are wondering too. I guess I'll make the best of it until then...yes, they rocked...I still see the good in everyone...
May 14, 2004
Sloan absolutely ROCKED DC last night! It was one of the top five shows I have ever seen at Black Cat. The crowd was pretty into it and Chris gave us a couple opportunities to be proud that we are fans (e.g. letting us sing a couple lines here and there.)
Chris threw out a compliment to the DC scene which appeared to fall flat... Sorry we didn't back you up, Chris. I nodded to you twice because you were bringing me up. (If you know who runs the Black Cat, you should get that - and if you don't know - GO FIND OUT! YOU WON'T BE SORRY!)
I know, enough about Chris already! Andrew's songs were too few and far between, but Sensory Dep about tore a hole through my skull; in the good way. Also to note, when Andrew wasn't strapped to a guitar he just destroyed on the drums... Great job last night, Andrew. The fills were amazing and did not go unnoticed.
The night was chock full of great and awesome renditions of Patrick's songs. Patrick, when I fantasize that I am in Sloan I used to want to be Chris, but your songs rock so hard I am finding myself wanting to be you.
And Jay. Where would Sloan be without Jay? He is like the Graham Coxon of Sloan. Keeping Sloan honest... I really wanted to hear Who You Talkin To last night, but I will settle with The Lines You Amend (guess I haven't got a choice now, huh?) Like Andrew, there were too few Jay songs last night, I think.
Thanks 1,000,000 Sloan!
One thing I know about the rest of my life
I know that I'll be listening to SLO-OO-O-OAN!
Went to the show at Black Cat lastnight and thought that the music was ok, but the band sucked. Chris came across as an egotistical old loser who looks like a turtle when he sings, and I cant remember the rest of you. Your music is ok, but loose the "cooler than thou" attitudes for old people and maybe you will be able to break the market here. take a lesson from peaches and crowd surf next time, oh and by the way, those of us "who know rock and roll will understand "if it feels good do it"???, that makes no sense at all, especially since that song is queerballs. seriously
Sloan put on another incredible show-- the music sounded great, even though they seemed to be having trouble hearing it themselves because the monitors "suck" in Patrick's own words. Jay was constantly listening at them to see if he could hear himself. Nonetheless, they really delivered for almost two hours, concentrating on their great new material from Action Pact.
Chris said he was sick as a dog and hadn't eaten in two days. Sure enough he looked even skinnier than normal, but still was in good spirits and played and sang great, even if he went a bit easy on his Jagger-like rock moves. Chris graciously said how much they like playing DC and always enjoyed the DC music scene.
Patrick was really shredding with the solos this time- it was just awesome. Jay kept a pretty low profile, singing only three songs. Andrew played only three himself, but the new material was so good, I'm not sure I would have changed the set much if I had picked it myself -- although I yelled out for Penpals to no avail.
We didn't get to see Pat drumming like he did at an earlier show, but they did play I Am the Cancer, which is a special treat, since they seem to have eliminated Smeared songs from their shows lately.
The crowd was super enthused, singing along the whole time, and there seemed to be a lot of Canadians there-- the cry out of "I know that I'll be living it in Canada" during Rest of My Life was very loud and proud-- in fact the top selling tour shirt had that phrase right on it. At times, the vocals were sometimes drowned out by guitars, but the crowd singing along made that less of an issue.
Opening band the Kicks from Arkansas were a decent enough cross between new AC/DC-type copy bands like Jet and Datsuns, and more standard modern rock stuff. They were a little unpolished. Before the set, the singer was next to me at the bar ordering a shot of Jaegermeister (shudder) and a Miller Lite.
The Black Cat proved to be a great venue as it held a lot of people yet we were able to get right up to the front. [I was wearing a blue LaBatts t-shirt if anyone happened to see me] The place is super loud though so bring your earplugs to the show and be prepared to park close (without going into too much detail, we've had some troubles parking too far away in the neighbourhood there).
Setlist (not in order except where indicated):
1- Ready for You
2- Live On
Lines You Amend
Rest of My Life
I Was Wrong
Step on it Jean
People of the Sky
I Am the Cancer
Good in Everyone
Money City Maniacs (last before encore)
Gimme That (encore)
If it Feels Good Do It (encore)
Reach Out was the last song before the encore... and I think "Rest of My Life" was #3.
Noah I saw your Labatt shirt!
I was absolutely jazzed by the show although there seemed to be some moodiness over the feedback, but Patrick was philisophical about it saying that "We would've worked out all the kinks in a sound check, but didn't because Chris needed rest." It was an amazing show and I was so happy to see the crowd have so much energy for my first Sloan show so far from home. Almost a week later and I still don't know how to put into words how happy that evening made me... Rock on Sloan, rock on.
Hi Meagan- glad to hear my Labatt shirt was spotted..
Where's home by the way? It was cool to see so many Canadians there, kind of like at the Hip shows when they play here. I'm Canadian myself but have lived most of my life in the DC area-- lived in NS when I was little though and my mum is from Winnipeg. My wife grew up near TO among other places so we love to go back up there every couple years. We stock up on years worth of Canadian chocolate bars and powdered Swiss Chalet sauce to hold us over between trips-- too bad we can't bring back truckfuls of beer from the duty free LOL
BTW have any Nova Scotians in the DC area found a place in the area to get a donair? I've found good gyros and have also tried to make the donair sauce at home but these things just aren't the same somehow.
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