Where were you when Asleep in the Sea played its last show? I was there, at the Trunk Space, amid the sweaty, smelly and hopped-up kids of the mostly under-21 set. They laughed, they cried (wait, no they didn’t) and they moshed (seriously, they did).
It was pretty apparent from the get-go that the farewell would be far from serious, a reflection of the lighthearted manner that makes (errr, made) the group so great to begin with. They took requests for pretty much the entire set â€“ save for the opener (Annie) and the closer (Dance On). They also entertained the angsty/hormonal antics of the skinny-jeaned kids souped up on flavored soda: “Fuck you!” and “Don’t break up!” and “Fuck you!” It was touching. Actually, it was somewhat inspiring and heart-warming to see so many people sing along to the songs when this city is often panned for its lack of local support. That said, I could have lived without the moshing/body contorting/”dancing” or whatever you want to call it.
But, hey, I guess it’s nice to see the sense of finality tempered by some levity. Because if it wasn’t the moshing, then there was the final sing-along to Dance On or people crashing the stage for an “encore” after fervent chants of “one more song!” These people are nothing if not dedicated. It’s enough to make you wish for just one more show.
- Asleep in the Sea | Dance On
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