25 June 2008

Captain Bligh

Saw Filter last night. A surprising number of my friends think Filter sucks, lumping them in with other also-rans from the '90s altrock boom (e.g., Lit, Seven Mary Three, Better Than Ezra), but for whatever reason, I love the band. Check out their second album, Title of Record.

And they were pretty good, but like it or not, Filter's commercial heyday is long gone, and playing in a two-thirds empty Coyote's was undoubtedly a humbling experience for Filter frontman Richard Patrick. The fact that the crowd was pretty lame didn't help. You could see the energy level onstage decrease with each passing tune. In fact, after playing "Hey Man, Nice Shot," Patrick blithely told us, "We usually walk offstage and let you guys clap for a few minutes, but we won't fuck around with that tonight (paraphrased)." In other words, "Let's get this over with as quickly as possible."

Set list:
Welcome to the Fold
American Cliche
Soldiers of Misfortune
The Take
Where Do We Go from Here?
(Can't You) Trip Like I Do
It's Gonna Kill Me
Hey Man, Nice Shot
Take a Picture


Mark said...

Filter were okay. But so were Sponge. Remember them?

Q said...

I seem to remember a certain amount of disbelief in a certain someone's eyes when a certain bass player try to convince said person of the validity of Filter's material.
By the by, their new album isn't half bad. Definitely better than that Amalgamut business.