One Night Only
It’s the morning before tour and it just occurred to me that this is really happening.
Jesse and I are leaving this afternoon to go to another town and play our songs (some old, some new) for our fans (some old, some new!). There is something really special that happens between a band and an audience during a show. It’s not something that can be easily summarized. There is an exaltation that occurs that is impossible to capture. It’s not just something you experience with your eyes and ears, it’s something you experience with the entirety of your self. I’ve often compared being at a show to standing at the edge of a massive canyon. You can’t photograph it, or film it or even explain it. It is you in the presence of something that is unexplainable, in a space and in a time. That may seem like hyperbole, but anyone with both of those transcendent experiences can also attest to them. What really makes a show special though, is community. It’s not just you, it’s us. Together.
Together Jesse and I are coming to share new material, and to work out the kinks. Some songs don’t have any words yet. Some songs are like bucking rodeo horses that we can just barely hold on to. But one thing we are sure of is that the songs are sooooo fucking exciting.
So, we are asking that those of you that are coming to the shows respect the sanctity of what we are doing and to try your best to not shoot video or record audio. We are not banning your devices or asking anyone to enforce this, and we don’t want you guys to get into it with other audience members. In the end, do what you want, but it is our preference to keep what we are doing on this tour between us. Besides, we PROMISE you will have more fun if you just forget about everything and go bananas. Forget the future, forget that past. It’s you and us together tonight."
DFA1979 was the first band I ever ever ever saw live (back in October of 2004) and not only are they still one of my favourite bands, but now I get to see them on Devil’s Night and everything about that is perfect and wonderful and awesome and I am so pleased.