*whew* that was one of the best damned shows from cowboy mouth that i've seen and i've been to 23 of them...
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the openers... griffin house was excellent... acoustic kid, harmonica, kick ass voice, great lyrics... good stuff.
and then came ZOX.
holy crow! now, i am not saying that they were better than the mouth... BUT... this little band came to effing play! and so they did... these fellas are from RI and man alive, they have some sound! and some personality.... and they are bloody limber, energetic boys! i gotta tell ya' - it takes a lot for me to pick up a cd from opening bands - in fact the last opener i forked over $$ for a cd for was back in 93or94 for a little band called cowboy mouth who opened for hootie & the blowfish at the wetlands in nyc...
and i wasn't disappointed. so i've been playing the ZOX cd ever since i woke up... which was about 35 minutes ago.
they have an electric violin! the bass player is a goofy fella... the lead singer guitar dude has some crazy dance moves (and his mom was dancing next to me.) and the drummer kid, well, he's not the drummer man, fred leblanc, but the zox drummer, even with his kurt cobain hair, kicked it effing well...
so, there's that review of the opening folks... go. now. go see them.
now for the mouth.
what can i say? they were incredible. i took my cousin kerry, a mouth virgin and we were up front - in fact, and this is one of the pros and also one of the cons... a couple of times fred's sweat landed in my mouth... eh, okay, that was sort of leaning toward the con side a little bit more now that i think about it... no offense, freddyboy. too bad i didn't capture the flying perspiration in one of the posters i did for them a couple of years ago - that was the missing ingredient i suppose
mary - i hadn't seen a show with her in the band yet - except when they were on kilborn, but that's way different than live. she held down the fort - i miss rob, but i like her... she seems like a swell addition.
not gonna get into the set list... just every song they played was greatness. kerry almost threw out her back and i got a charlie horse when we got down on the ground, it's just showing how i've aged over the past 11 years i suppose... but in the end, i was a big sweaty mess with hair going all kinds of crazy - just as God has intended it.
for the first time in a loooong time, i couldn't wait around to grab a photo with the band/fred/etc. since they played til about 1:05 and ker & i had to get to penn station for the 1:37 train.. the last train outta dodge (otherwise it was sleeping in penn til 6:08am... not an option)
that said... i kicked some ass and got video as well as photos - most are just small snippets... although if you are on dial-up you may want to think twice about downloading - they're on average about 3.5mb
"the only thing that matters is what's inside of your heart and what's inside of your soul.... are you with me!?"
you really have to be there. but here's the jist as to what it's like. and why i love cowboy mouth. (this one's my favourite clip.)
opening song - jenny says - just a snippet of 'let it go'
paul singing it's laughable...mind you, a lot of these are snippets...
we weren't performing up to par (the audience) in fred's eyes so he thought we were sleeping
mouth and zox (sounds like the bastard cousin of hoof and mouth disease)
fred commandeering the zox fiddle
come on... gimme some rhythm!