The Lawrence Arms - Pub Rock - 2/14/14
Instagram via dejoeker The Lawrence Arms performs Friday night at Pub Rock in Scottsdale.
The Lawrence Arms
It's safe to say that I had a better Valentine's Day than the majority of the Valley. Unlike most of you, I didn't have to deal with either setting sky-high expectations for a beau or sulking about being single -- I just got to see my favorite band play its first Phoenix show in five years, and it was worth the wait.
Admittedly, I'm biased -- I saw The Lawrence Arms three times last year in Las Vegas and Chicago, but nothing beats watching a beloved band in your favorite town.
It's clear that Phoenix was longing for this show -- the crowd was already crazed during Nothington's opening set but went all out as Larry Arms opened with "Chilean District," the first track from its first full length album in eight years, Metropole.
This was followed by "Great Lakes, Great Escapes," which I've grown accustomed to hearing as an opening song. My memory gets a little fuzzy after that, because I couldn't even reach my phone to take notes. My car keys already had fallen out of my pocket, so I didn't want to risk losing my phone and not being able to find a way home, so here's what I recall from the rest of the show.
I spoke to bassist/vocalist/all-around hilarious frontman Brendan Kelly before the show. He told me their set would be an experiment since the band was testing out new songs in Scottsdale. With that, I was expecting to hear the bulk of Metropole, but the selection of new songs was appropriate for a band that's touring on an album that just came out.
Most of the standout tracks of Metropole were included -- "You Are Here" was fun, and "Seventeener (17th and 37th)" was introduced as the band's love song. Kelly then told a story about a couple that got kicked out while the band played the song because they were fucking in the crowd, and somehow a third person was involved and stuck a finger in a butthole. That was more or less the extent of Kelly's funny stage banter, though he also asked who was lonely and desperate on Valentine's Day.
He introduced a few of the band's songs that clocked in right around a minute and a half. "Drunk Tweets" was best received of the short songs, as the crowd didn't have to know the lyrics beyond the repetitions of "fuck you."