Last night I went on an adventure to the great big city of Columbus, Ohio to see one of my favorite bands: The Spill Canvas. I have a short list of bands that I will travel almost any distance to see and I won’t go unless the seats are fantastic. The Spill Canvas is one of those bands (the other two are Dashboard Confessional and Eric Church). Tickets went on sale a few months ago and they were only $25, so who cared if it was on a Tuesday night and I ran out of vacation days in February so I’d have to work the next day? I even splurged and bought the VIP meet-and-greet tickets. I have been to a lot of concerts in my life, but a meet-and-greet is something I have never done. It was the best decision I have ever made.
Let me start by saying that I don’t listen to a lot of new music. That’s not to say that all of my music tastes are from the nineties…just that I have bands and artists I love and I stick with their music and pretty much only listen to their new stuff when it comes out. My iPod has so much different shit on it you would laugh to see the variety (form Ace of Base to Zac Brown Band and everything in between). When I was younger, I used to find music I thought I would like by going to Amazon and searching for CD of a band I liked and then perusing the “You May Also Like…” section (how I found out about Yellowcard). Now I pretty much just listen to what I have because I know what I like and I don’t like change. The exception to this rule is opening bands. When I go see a band or artist that I love and they have an opener that is in a similar genre I discover new music to love. This is how I found Tyler Farr, John Ralston, and Blackberry Smoke. Last night was no exception.
The fact that The Spill Canvas was even having an opener was kind of last minute news to me. So the first band, Vis-a-Vis, came on and rocked out and I had a blast. They kind of reminded me of Taking Back Sunday a little bit with how the lead singer’s voice sounded. When they left the stage I was all pumped up for The Spill Canvas and instead a second opener came out – Move Home. They were definitely a great band and I enjoyed their music a lot, but I was getting a little antsy for the headliner. So when the third opener came on, you could say I was getting a little angry. I’d driven two hours to see The Spill Canvas and I had to work the next day. It’s 9:45 and we’re starting a third opener. Boy, do I wish I hadn’t complained now. The third opener was a band called Speak Low if you Speak Love and they were FANTASTIC! According to their website, they describe themselves as “Evan Weiss-like crossed with Taylor Swift” and that they use “bare boned and blunt lyrics […] in a cliche acoustic setting.” The sound they gave off seemed like a more modern Saves The Day. I really think the reason I liked them so much was because of the bass player, whose name they never said and is impossible to find online. He never stopped smiling the whole time he was playing. He was so into the music he was playing and you could tell he was passionate about it and when the band is that passionate it makes me passionate. Check out their newest song, “Knots”, at the bottom of the blog!
Now time to read about my obsession with The Spill Canvas. This tour was something different from anything I’ve ever experienced because they were calling it a “Requestour.” When you purchased your ticket, you were given a ballot of all of The Spill Canvas’ songs and you could vote for fifteen that you wanted to hear. The lead singer — Nick Thomas — released the first CD Sunsets and Car Crashes sometime in 2004, and I discovered him sometime in 2005. He eventually picked up a full band and released a second album, but his original acoustic album will always be my favorite. The song “The Tide” that tells a story about three children swept into the ocean due to neglect is just so harrowing. I love songs that tell stories, not just feeling (check out “White Lightning” by Eric Church). The big song for The Spill Canvas actually came from this CD and is titled “All Hail The Heartbreaker”. So when I voted for my fifteen songs they were split up mostly evenly between all five albums. During the meet-and-greet, Nick played two songs that he picked himself that weren’t part of the the requested songs. He sang “Parallels and Money” from the newest CD, Gestalt, and he sang “The Dutch Courage” from one of his most popular albums, One Fell Swoop. Once Nick and the band took the stage though, everything was different. Apparently everyone who was at this concert only knew of his most popular album, No Really, I’m Fine and so Nick sang almost every single song from that album and about half from One Fell Swoop. Nick is super talented and the band is fantastic. They were having fun, so we were having fun; but I was a little disappointed in the lack of diversity in the songs the crowd picked. He did not sing one single song from his two newest albums and he only say two songs from the original album. I would love to go see The Spill Canvas again some time when it’s not songs by request so I can hear Nick sing a little bit of everything. He even said during the meet-and-greet that Gestalt is one of his favorite albums, so I think he would be more apt to sing some songs from that when it was up to him to make the set list.
Anyway, I slept about three hours last night and didn’t get to shower so I look like a hobo and I need a nap. I got to hear a lot of great new artists that I can’t wait to support again and I got to check off one of my favorite bands off my concert bucket list. Can’t wait to do it again!