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Dude, Where’s Our Trolley?

I, Audience

Booya! Boomsday!

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Dude, Where’s Our Trolley?

Old City merchants are petitioning the city, hoping to get a thousand signatures by September. You can sign the petition at Old City Java, Nama, Barley’s Urban Bar, Studio M, the Cigar Co., The Complex, Romance Her, Legacy, Mag Pies, Pasta Trio, Manhattan’s, Pilot Light, Blue Cats, Red Iguana and The Emporium.

I, Audience

Maybe we should’ve been drinking, because the films of Paper Rad were ultra-trippy, messing with our retinas with intense, pulsing lightwork. The Doo-Man Group was stellar, too, as Ben Jones and Jessica Ciocci gave us a mindtrip, making a Mandelbrot of the music and openly taunting the hippie unfortunate enough to have passed out on the cold Pilot Light floor. It was stoner-indulgence and beery-decadence at its finest.

Jacob Ciocci , the mind behind Paper Rad, thrashed on the drum set, wearing earplugs and isolation headphones. We later asked how he could stay on cue with all that headgear.

“The music’s so loud,” he told us. “I can still hear everything.”

We have to believe him, because he didn’t miss a beat. Check out the Paper Rad website ( www.paperrad.org ). Yeah, it’s pretty far out.

Booya! Boomsday!

To get you in the mood on the 3rd, there will be an entire afternoon of music, beginning with 1220 , who’ll take the stage on Neyland Drive at 3:30 p.m. Michael Crawley and The Drunk Uncles are next. And Jenna & the Joneses will end the night, playing in front of a crowd that’s estimated to reach 350,000. Rock out, you all earned it.

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With chops galore, the band plows through 13 ambitious tracks showcasing deft songwriting skills, close harmonies, and the introspection that is de rigueur for today’s post-emo generation. Displaying the apparent influence of proto-emo rule breakers like The Promise Ring , Texas is The Reason , and those “jaw” bands, Jawbox and Jawbreaker , Gamenight serves up a selection of pop tunes that sometimes foray into hardcore and math rock territories. Sure, these guys occasionally get a little bit heavy.  But the emphasis remains on the melodic end of the musical spectrum, and the overall feel of the album is one of pensive restraint.

Thankfully, the Gamenight bunch has avoided the pitfalls of excessively smarmy, faux catharsis that has dogged the bulk of the mallcore emo contingent for the last five years or so. That said, the band’s lyrical emphasis on melancholy themes is a bit dry, tiresome, and perhaps overdone. C’mon guys, this rock ’n’ roll stuff is supposed to be fun, right?

With Simple Starts in the Mind , Gamenight seems to be at an important point in their musical development. They’ve got the skills to follow any musical tangent that might interest them. Sometimes, however, these tangents can divert from the basic thrust of the songs. Gamenight meets all the requirements to develop into a potent musical force, provided they rein in the progrock tendencies and lighten the mood just a little. Of course, this syndrome of excessive seriousness can be easily cured with experience, some tight black pants, a dose of sexy swagger, and maybe a couple of shots of Jack. 

Gamenight will present a record release show at Old City Java on Friday, August 18. The band will be joined by Lobster recording artists, Park and scarily monikered locals, Mouth Movements

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