So on Saturday (may 15th) was Teacher's day.... And as Teacher as I am; I never thought I could have a better celebration than going to a concert... But What a concert!!!....
I found out State Of The Union was coming just a week before the gig... So... I may have repeated this in several other reviews, but I only go to concerts of bands I really like, such this one... That day I seriously thought it was destiny calling me.... And It was!!
So I was desperate to get tickets.... and I was preparing myself for a long trip to get one (almost an hour and a half journey, yes Mexico City is that big), when I thought I could talk there to check the opening-close schedules... And then: OMG!!! what a surprise was for me that I could BOOK my entrance!!!! Probably you're thinking: WTH?? Is this girl's country THAT in the Middle Age!?! Not so much (lol) let me explain: In Mexico, this kind of music is so underground that we are happy only by having concerts, no matter in what shit holes are... So I thought: Is this the new beginning concert organizers in Mexico City needed?? Anyway, my thoughts about that may come in a next episode!!! lol
So there I was happy, very happy for my booking... Saturday appeared and with it myself dressed in red shirt and Doc Martens.... And arriving to practically Another World.... This concert wasn't very advertised here in Mexico... The main Radio Programme we have here in charge of this music didn't even know (or didn't want to) State.... was coming. Many of us thought it was an hoax organizers tend to do... In fact the place was faaaaar beyond any others organizers use to hire for this kind of concerts... (let's remember that horrible night at Nitzer Ebb's concert..... Hi Toño!!!!..... lol)
So the place was ...gorgeous!!! it was A Concert Facility!! Proper sound, proper stage, proper.... everything!!! So that's why I was so surprised about the booking stuff!! And the place...! For a person like me used to concerts with wonderful columns in the middle just crushing sound waves and turning them into senseless noise (so you can figure out what happens when the genre is NOISE!!) this place was Paradise!!! Little, comfortable, certainly cheap alcohol, and a few people!!! And I was there!!
So as usual the concert started at 12.00 in the morning... State Of The Union started with Evol Love .... One of their hits... and so on and on, they played only hits!!! Dead Serious , Radioman , Love is Complicated , Black City Lights , Enemy of the State ; Makina Mata , and songs from their new record (Dancing in the Dark , which I'm soo buying it!!) by the end they played two covers: A version in Spanish (because I'd never have guessed the beautiful singer Johann Sebastian comes from Colombia!! and the drummer is from Guadalajara, Mexico!!) from a VNV Nation song: 'Honor' and a cover of a wonderful Spanish song from a group called Los Prisioneros: Tren Al Sur. They ended with VNV Nation's cover....
What was a surprise for all of us was this easy going attitude from the band... Johann Sebastian (such hunk!! I fell in love!! lol) elicited songs form the crowd... He shared the microphone to some people (me included!!! Twice!!!! OMG OMG OMG!!!!) to sing their songs, he laughed when he didn't remember Tren Al Sur lyrics and asked people to help him... He spoke in perfect Spanish with the crowd and had photographs and gave autographs to anyone who wanted to.... The drummer even asked for the results of a football match and gave his drumsticks...
The concert was a hit!! One of those legendary stuff you can't have missed out... they said they'll return by October... I'm so hoping it!!!
So pros: Band's attitude, the place!! (What a wonderful place!!) and the music which we could finally (at last!!!) listened to it!!!
And Cons :-( : They played only for an hour... yep they did.... But well, what can you expect from an almost express concert with a 250 pesos price? And they forgot to play Romancing The Stone, a very demanded song.... I told Johann he missed that one and he replied: blame the drummer he's the sequence guy!! He said he was already nagged for that, but that next concert here they'll play it, but could I even say no to that cute face and body?? But of course not!!!
See you next concert!! I'm giving you a little taste of what I heard, and in this video girls can take a better look to that gorgeous man:
State of The Union - Radioman...... Enjoy!!!!