Skip to main content

The Morning Benders @ The Mod Club

I am the only person I know who listens to The Morning Benders (with the exception of Katie V, who accompanied me to last night's show and is now sold on their greatness). And after this post, all of you are going to check them out, okay?

I first heard of TMB through Fuel/Friends music blog, where I find out about most great indie bands. Although, I have to say, I feel pretty proud that I am beginning to find she writes about bands after I have heard of them! Win. Anyway, I first hear Excuses here. Shortly thereafter, I heard Promises through the KEXP Song of the Day Podcast (subscribe on iTunes; you won't regret it). When I realized that both songs were by the same band, I knew I needed to give them more attention.

Promises - I like the social commentary this video puts forth.


This summer, I happened to walk past The Big Chill and saw a sign saying Free Show With TMB - it was only a few days away, and I was thrilled. Even more thrilling was when Chris Chu (the band lead) retweeted my tweet about it. But then I was sick and job-hunting, and I couldn't go...

So I paid $15 to see them last night, in their 6th Toronto show of 2010 (more than they've played anywhere else this year). And it was well worth it.

Thoughts on the show:

1. I like The Mod Club. I like that there is a balcony where I can stand, free of the crowd, and actually observe the musicians perform. It reminded me a bit of The Commodore in Vancouver.

2. Indie bands are made up of:
The Hipster (the front man/woman, a perfect blend of chic & nerd),  
The Uber-Hipster (so hipster it hurts),  
The Nerd (actually a nerd, with the tiniest shred of chic), and  
The Rocker (not actually a hipster, but rounds out the band with a little accessibility for the rest of us).

3. TMB puts on a show that is more rock and less acoustic than expected. I like hearing that their range is wider than I thought, that they can maintain their "sound" whether playing unplugged or very plugged.

4. It takes a great band to do a cover justice (related: I love The Breaking Lakes cover of "Come Together"):

Dreams (Fleetwood Mac) - one of TMB's favourite songs, a great Canadian choice.

Imagine bubbles falling slowly down during the chorus:
Thunder only happens when it's raining
Players only love you when they're playing
They say, women, they will come and they will go
When the rain washes you clean you'll know
You'll know


4. I like seeing a band interact, but I dislike when the entire band turns in on itself, and we, the audience are on the outside. Face me. I paid money to watch your face and your hands, not to stare at your back.

5. I knew that the show would wrap up with this, the first song I heard. I love the way it builds. I love the way it evokes the 1950's. I love the way they made it both heavy-hitting and heartfelt. I love that there was a moment of stillness in the theatre, and then 500 of us sang along with the chorus.


Excuses - the oh-so-acoustic version of the epic finale

The title line is crushing:
I made an excuse
And you found another way to tell the truth


6. There was, of course, an encore. This new single.

Virgins

Mmhmm.

7. The best detail of the show? They went on at 8:40, wrapped up by 10pm. Katie V and I had time for dessert and discussion at Dolce Gelato and still made it home before midnight. (We're old ladies. What can I say?)


Next weekend: Mumford & Sons. I AM READY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (although I can't decide if I should listen to their new tracks in advance, or be surprised by their amazingness live.)

Comments

Stephen said…
Hey sis, really loved the Excuses video. On a side note, I've been listening to some of Mumford and Sons new stuff. It's phenomenal. If you happen to hear of any tickets becoming available I'd love to visit.
Beth said…
steenen!

glad you enjoyed it. and i concur on the mumford front...i have my ears wide open for tickets. i'd love for you to come.

Popular posts from this blog

Fostering FAQ: How Can You Say Goodbye?

It seems I finally have something(s) to say... Here's the first in a short (or maybe long?) series on Fostering FAQs. If you've got a question to add, feel free to comment/email/text/message me and maybe the next post will be in response.

--

8:30 am on Day 4 of parenting. I woke up in a panic two hours ago because I remembered that there is a baby and I am responsible for her (at least at 6:30am, when the man beside me will snore through anything). Now, I have put on clothes and eaten breakfast. The dogs are walked, there is a loaf of banana bread in the oven. My tea is steeping. Most importantly, Dream Baby is already down for her first nap.

Despite my morning efficiency, I'm already beginning to see that even with the happiest, most easygoing, and smiliest baby, like we somehow managed to be given, parenting is a grind. On Friday night, I couldn't join friends for $5 pints at a local joint. Instead, I blearily washed the same 8 bottles again, and then made another ba…

Fostering FAQ: How Long Will She Stay/Will You Adopt Her?

Our first foster baby came with about 18 hours notice; it was respite care, which means we had him for a few days while his regular foster family had a break/dealt with a family emergency. He stayed 3 nights, long enough to come to church and have a dozen people cooing over his little sleeping cheeks.  With each new visitor to our quiet corner, I explained again that he would be going back to his foster family the next day.

Barely a week later, we got a 9am phone call with a fostering request and by the same afternoon, we were snuggling her. This time, we had her for 4 days before church came around. Again, our community was keen to see the little one we had in tow. Again, the question, "How long will she stay?" And this time, "Are you going to adopt her?"

--

Here in Toronto, when a child is placed in foster care, it is always for an indefinite length of time. It depends on the parents' situation, and whether they are able to make a safe home environment for th…

Fostering FAQ: What's Her (Mom's) Story?

This is probably the second most common question I hear about the baby currently in our care, right after, "Will you keep her?"

It comes in many forms:

"So, what's her story?"
"Is her mom in the picture?"
"How did she end up in your home?
"Is her mom a drug addict?"
"How could a mom not love such a cute baby!"

I get it. It's natural curiousity, and I know I've asked similar questions of my friends who are adoptive parents.


But here's what I'm learning: a child's story is their own. And equally as important, the parent's story is their own.

Imagine how it might feel to hear that for the foreseeable future, you are not allowed to care for your child. On top of whatever difficult circumstances you are already in - perhaps poverty, social isolation, lack of adequate housing, domestic violence, intergenerational trauma, drug or alcohol dependency, low cognitive functioning, or a myriad of other complex strug…