1. Friday, January 28, 2011

    young ali and i went to see monotonix play last night at the echoplex 

    and were sadly disappointed.

    problem is it appears that the band is way too successful (maybe due to the fact that everyone, including me, is starting to interview them). plus the echoplex just is a tough place to enjoy a rock show.

    heres why i say those two things.

    first time we saw this band was in the cozier confines of Spaceland where ive never seen a bad show.

    the band was able to move around the crowd that was at about 50% capacity of the club.

    the echoplex feels like its twice the size but its shaped unusually with a weird divider in the middle of the room. but because so many people are now tuned into the band, they surrounded it like honeybees to a queen.

    their pulsating masses were heaving against the Israeli trio in a loving, celebatory manner but because Monotonix refuses to play on a stage you couldnt see them. instead you were forced to only hear the music which even its leader says isnt all that.

    thus all you get as visuals are feet flying from crowd surfers and the racket of “music” being shot at you from a myriad of speakers and amps.

    so we bailed and drank and stared at each other and tried to fill time.

    beforehand we ate at this vietnamese joint, a stretch for me because, as i wrote in todays health piece in the times, i try to be cool when im out with a young lady, and needless to say i am a stranger in a strange land at a vietnamese restaurant where i dont know one item on the menu from another.

    somehow the stars aligned and all went right.

    happy weekend good people.