Twenty minutes after nine, foiled by the punctuality of Georgia Theatre 2.0 I missed The District Attorneys opening set. From the look of things around me, most people did. Maybe they were on the roof?â€¨Â â€¨David Barbe wanted it darker on stage. In a moment he and The Quick Hooks were in the shadows cast by ice blue lights. I imagine what Barbe wants Barbe gets when it comes to lighting, and bandmates. â€¨Household names, every one: Neff, Serrano, Spence, MacDonnell.Â The songs unfold with steady urgencyâ€”never really detonating or completely bottoming outâ€”always wrought with emotion.Â
â€œI gotta stop building up these walls to avoid thinking about you,â€ breathes Barbe on â€œMole in the Gutter,â€ sotto voce, while the rest of the players swallow the Theatre in an elaborate soundscape punctuated by the steady rumble of Spenceâ€™s drums.Â
Admission was discounted with a ticket stub from the Alabama Shakes show a few nights earlier. I discovered
Alabama Shakes when they opened for Drive-By Truckers in Macon on 11-11-11. I remember the date â€¨because it’s easy and they were good. Centro-Matic was brought to my attention in similar fashion, as a DBT opener once upon a time.
Between sets the Georgia Theatre PA played songs by Mumford & Sons, Foo Fighters and Smashing Pumpkins.
With a barely detectable pulse Centro-Matic eased into their headlining set withÂ Â â€œLove You Just The Same,â€ from 2004â€™s (awesome) Flashes and Cables.Â Is it really a love song?Â Will Johnsonâ€™s lyrics make that impossible to tell, or at the very least open to interpretation.Â Tonight, Iâ€™ll believe it is.Â About midway through their set the band welcomed guitarist Patterson Hood and pedal steel player Matt Stoessel to the stage for a pair of songsâ€”â€œIn Such Crooked Time,â€ from 2006â€™s Fort Recovery and a song called â€œBakersfield,â€ I donâ€™t remember hearing before.Â As guest appearances go, it was less than memorable, but considering Johnsonâ€™s long history with our town and these players specifically, weâ€™ll issue a pass.Â Unfortunately the set list passed over material from the All The Falsest Hearts Can Try, and I wonder how frequently they cull from the early psychedelic-tinged album considering the abundance of material released in the twelve years sinceâ€¦In any event, they closed with â€œOnly In My Double Mind,â€ from last summerâ€™s Candidate Waltz, and it was nearly impossible to pay attention as two young lovers in oblivion nearly reached third base a few inches to the right of me.
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