City / Philadelphia, PA / Friday, December 16, 2005
Capitol Years (TCY) started the night off with a new song
called "Mirage People." "The Capitol Years are not a good
band" are the first words in the song. From TCY's website: "The story
goes: Someone wrote a peculiar letter to one of our friendly local blogs, Philebrity, as well as some local weekly newspapers. In the midst of a rant about various local writers and alternative media personalities they felt the urge to single out and disparage your own Capitol Years, lovers of love and makers of music.
As such, your Capitol Years felt inspired to reply only in song, and used this person's letter as the basis for the lyrics."
Let me skip back about 3 years
ago when I first stumbled upon TCY in Newark, DE at The East End. I had
a beer in my hand that I did not drink for their entire set because I
had forgotten about it. The boys were rocking...I mean ROCKING. They
ended their set with Shai (vox, guitar) jumping up on the bar and
playing a five minute quasi-solo while also conducting the band to
changes and delivery. The crowd went crazy.
Back to the present, or at
least a few days ago. TCY were on at Silk City in Philadelphia. As I
stated, they started off with "Mirage People," a slower, folky,
singer-songwritery tune, and the mood was set for the rest of the
evening. Basically flawless playing, singing, etc., yet...something's
missing...I hate to say it, but something's not right.
What happened to the incomparable
energy? What happened to the balls out guitar riffs? What happened to
the chest out, shoulders back, heads up, "We gotchu, and we
know it, 'Whooo-hooo-hoooo...YEAH'" attitude? What happened to the
songs I loved? Is it just me? Is the
majesty lost? Have I been to see them too many times? I'm embarassed to
even venture a guess. Do I have too big of an emotional investment in
Some of you remember a
performance (probably the only time they played there) at the old Grape
Street -- where they showed up late, took too long setting their stuff
up, bent the house drum kit out of whack, pissed off some jocks, mocked
an important radio DJ.....but ultimately OWNED the place.
Why don't I see that anymore?
Perhaps they are changing, which granted, every band yearns to do to
find themselves. And, I can see the band summoning John Lennon and
screaming, "Well I'm sorry if you liked the old moptops dear and you thought I was very satirical and witty and you like
Hard Days' Night (Jewelry Store) love...but I've grown up but you obviously
But, perhaps I don't want
change, though. Perhaps I liked Hard Days' Night.
Perhaps I caught TCY at their
best. Perhaps I have not seen anything yet. Perhaps you agree with me.
Perhaps you disagree with me. To stir up this kind of emotion in me,
though, I think we can agree is a good thing. Isn't that what music is
all about anyway...stirring up emotions?
For three years, I have wanted
nothing but to see TCY succeed, and I continue my hopes for the band. Perhaps
they will make a song out of this little write-up. For that, though, the
honor would truly be mine.