Some of these acts would not normally be acoustic, I think, and I'd love to see all this over again at a real venue with much loudness and some electric implements of major ka-pow.
The performers were, as follows,
Armoured Bear Cub: Repping deep nerdcore with songs about everything from Buffy to John Green's young adult novel, Paper Towns. (Basically, this a side-project of Lauren Fairweather and Matt of The Whomping Willows... so, they were opening for themselves, I guess you could say.) My favorite: "Peeing In A Bottle"
Justin Finch-Fletchley and the Sugar Quills: The first real wrock act. Mr. Finch-Fletchley broke about 12 and half thousand e-strings, but was kind of adorable about it. I think I would've liked his set better electrickafied and with a full band, all things considered. The girls (and they are mostly girls at these wrock shows; as a side note, I'm sure I was the oldest one there) loved him. He was hocking some pretty hilarious "JFF is my BFF" pint cups at the merch table -- I wonder how many folks were old enough to drink. My favorite: "Expelliarmus"
Lauren Fairweather: Lauren played songs from her other popular wrock act, the Moaning Myrtles, as well as songs about other geektropes and life--presumably life as a nerd--in college. I think it would be fairly accurate to say LF is the Melanie Safka of the wrock scene. My only itch here was with Lauren's "Post-Potter Depression" songs and merch. I get the parody and all, and it sure is catchy, but, you know, eh. It's a turd of a feeling to know that you're the only person in the audience who's suffered the illness being parodied (that's an assumption, I know, but I'm pretty sure I'm right about it). My favorite: I'm Going to Hogwarts
The Whomping Willows: Actually just one dude, Matt, who can write a bitchin wizard song. Plus, I mean, he was pretending to be the whomping willow. And his album is called Wizard Party Forever!!! Even my fairly hep cat little brother, who came with, found himself in the throes of many an unstoppable chortle. I enjoyed this particular shtick the most. My favorite: I Believe in Nargles (this video does not accurately encapsulate how excited the fans get about this, and every, song played)
Anyway, so, basically, this was a good time. A silly time, but a good one. Plus, lots of the proceeds for this tour go to pay for the health expenses incurred by the family of a fan who died of cancer.
|nly channels rita skeeter, rocks out; baby j is embarrassed by his mother|
yours in albus,