Yesterday I went to MEANY Fest 2007
with Annalisa. It was bit complicated. We took the Ten Year Vamp bus down -- which is basically a bus the band chartered to bring in a load of fans to vote for them. It was about 4:30pm when we left from the Macy's overflow parking lot. A and I didn't really talk to anyone else when we were there... just chatted amongst ourselves and observed out fellow busmates. It was pouring rain as we got in the thruway and our bus driver was driving like a lunatic through it... this driving style will come in handy later.
Halfway down to NYC, we made a bit of a rest stop and A and I decided to get fries from the McDonald's. Woohoo? It was dark by the time we rolled into the city and arrived at Arlene's Grocery. We all rushed off the bus and the band (minus the lead singer who was already in the city) and some friends pulled some stuff off the bus quickly as it was blocking the entire road. We went in to the venue and headed to the room with the MEANY Fest stage. Wow. TINY. And empty. We were able to easily grab some seats by the stage.William Rottman
was setting up when we arrived. I really enjoyed his music. I'm a bit wary about buying the MP3s off CDBaby as he doesn't have a physical album out yet, but I just may. He really looked a lot like Jimmy Fallon... then again, it was rather dark.The John Sullivan Brigade
was up next. They were okay, but not really my type of music. A liked them a lot though.Two Loons for Tea
... not bad really, but wouldn't go out of my way to see them again.Ten Year Vamp
was the whole reason we were there. The room was pretty empty before their set and as they were setting up, it got really packed. It was just a see of people with Ten Year Vamp stickers stuck all over themselves and the Jack Daniels girl who was on stage was having a bit of fun with that as well. TYV's set was lively and energetic and they sound really fab live. Worth the $20 and bus ride, I think. I got a lot of great shots, though A told me that I missed Mark, the guitarist, and the bassist (I think..) mugging for my camera because I was trying to zoom in on Deb and didn't see them. Ooops.
During the set, we had a bit of a snafu with this pretentious Chris Martin-looking jerkwad. A thought he was a guy from our bus (there was a guy who looked like him) so she put a sticker on his back. He got really pissy and ripped it off. From then on, he pretty much delighted in being as obnoxious as possible dissing the band and the fans and I have to tell you it was really, really
funny when the tiny Jack Daniels girl kicked him in the crotch. The best part of it was there was no way for her to accidentally do that from where she was standing, it had to be totally on purpose, which I loved.
After TYV's set, A and I headed up to the other bar area to chill out before we had to leave. I think we ended up chatting with Mark for a minute, during which time he said he saw me taking a lot of photos and that I should send him some so they could post them. Awesome :D A also bought a hoodie from the merch girl.
I think we tried going back to the MEANY Fest room a couple times, bit was pretty crowded. We did catch the end of Serial Obsession
's set. I thought the lead singer was pretty cute until I actually watched 20 seconds of his act and I decided he was probably a pretentious asshole. o, really. From the cowboy boots (?!?) to the upside down mic holding and his half unbuttoned shirt. Yeah. He also had some fabulous 70s glam rock movies with the mic line. It wasn't at all surprising that the jerkwad from earlier was sitting on the side intently listening to this band... which I can only assume is the one he was there for. Anyway, the band wasn't really that bad. I'm just.. not going to even bother on their sad website.
We spent the rest of the time hanging out upstairs sitting with two two people who sat behind us on the bus. I can't remember the guy's name >_< But the girl was Shelby. They were very cool newish, non-scary people who were just there to see what was up with the band. We sort of sat around gossiping and bullshiting. Finally we decided it must be close to time to go (Mark had said the bus was on the way) so we headed outside to stand for awhile. Most of our bus troupe was already out there, all in varying states of drunkeness. Our new friends wandered off to get a pizza and shortly after Mark cam e out to tell us to head up and over a block to get on the bus. A was really funny and kept asking if he was for real or if he was lying because it wouldn't do to be stuck in NYC. Mark like, grabbed her face and said something like, "yes the bus is really there, go get on it" XD Funniest thing I saw all night.
The ride back was fairly uneventful except for the part where a taxi cab tried to cut off the bus and our driver wasn't having any of that and did some fancy, aggressive driving :-P Also? There was some really crap rap music on the overhead radio, which was giving both A and I a headache. Meh. At some point, we lost reception. Stopped at another rest stop for a break and then we were soon back home at 4am! Woohoo! A drove me home and then I went upstairs and collapsed into bed.
Too lazy to thumbnail. PHOTOS HERE