Last night/morning was the Hum concert at the Irving Plaza. It was
amzaing, truly amazing. Here pretty much is how the whole day went:
At around 5:17, I met Sebastian at Grand Central. He is really cool.
Then we went to Penn Station to meet .flip., his girlfriend, and three
other of his friends from Huntington. After wandering around Times Square
for a little bit (and getting stuck in a dance studio store because
.flip.'s friend had to buy a unitard. Don't ask - we were just dragged
along for the ride), he went to Irving Plaza - which is buy Union Square.
We got there at around 7:20 PM (doors opened at 8:00), and since there was
already a line we went to pizza. The pizza was really bad, .flip. had his
salad because he was vegan, etc etc.
We returned to the Irving Plaza at around 7:40 and waited on line,
anticipating the moment that we actually get to see Hum. Doors opened at
around 8:00, and after coat check, etc etc, we made our way to the floor.
The Irving Plaza is extremely similar to the Metro in Chicago, except the
bar is on the first floor and it is smaller. Before the band started,
they had these really bad videos and were playing some music - some of it
really bad, some good songs like Hummer by SP and Fourty-Six & Two by
At around 8:30, Heroic Doses come on the stage. They are a three piece
instrumental band. The drummer had this weird, almost pained look on his
face. They were okay, the biggest problem they had was that their songs
didn't seem to go anywhere. They have a record coming out in May on
Subpop, if you care. The coolest thing during their set was not anything
they played, but Jeff was watching from the second floor. .flip. noticed,
and pointed it out to Seb and I, and we spent most of the set watching
After playing for about 30-40 minutes, Heroic Doses finished their set and
then there was another intermission before Swervedriver came on.
Swervedriver looks a lot like Spiritualized, and sound like them as well -
almost a mix of Spiritualized and Radiohead. The vocal mix was pretty
bad, I couuldn't understand what the lead singer was saying. The crowd
was kinda into it - there was one tiny moshpit that was started by three
drunk people and entered really quickly. After playing for ~45 minutes,
Swervedriver left the stage.
Right after Swervedriver left, the crowd began to get antsy waiting for
Hum. We could see the Roadies bringing in their stuff, including Matt's
HUGE Orange Amps. After 15 minutes, Bryan went on stage to do a sound
check. He did some cool stuff with his drum sticks, flipping them and
stuff. He had this grin on his face. He left, and the roadies started to
set up the guitars. There was some jerks screaming "Roadie, Roadie" and
he played a few chords on the guitar to the delight of the crowd. After
about 20 more minutes Hum came on stage.
Bryan was wearing a white t-shirt, Tim a white-button down shirt with
brown pants, Jeff was wearing jeans and a red Nissan shirt, and Matt was
wearing a white Mercury Rev shirt and torn khakis. They opened up with
Afternoon with the Aloxlotls, with the beautiful beginning that they play
live. Surprisingly, at least to me, the whole crowd knew the song and
sang along, but you could hear Matt's singing pouring over the crowd.
After Afternoon, they play The Pod. The crowd went nuts, pushing and
pulling, smashing into each others. Somehow, I managed to work my way to
about the fifth row of people. It as awesome, Tim and Matt were playing
away, Bryan was killing those drums. Just amazing, a lot more intense
than it was on YPAA, even though Matt didn't do "The Scream."
After The Pod, they played Iron Clad Lou which got the crowd riled up even
more. Suprisingly, a lot of people knew ICL and sang along, which was
really cool. After ICL was Ms. Lazarus - which was extremely beautiful.
The lights that they had going perfectly matched this song. After Laz was
Comin' Home. Again, mad hopping ensued and the crowd was thrilled. After
Comin' Home I think was Why I Like the Robins. This song sounds so great
live - especially the end where Matt is singing "She's got colors to spare
and I don't care what they choose, ..." This song was followed by Suicide
Machine, which Matt introed by saying this song was about "Watching
football with your girlfriend (or special friend)." Again, the crowd knew
this one and sang along, even the part of the end, which was just
stunning. By this time, I had weasleled my way into the second row just a
little to the left (my left) of Matt.
After Suicide Machines was Scraper - which was insane, though not as bad
as The Pod. Tons of crowd surfers - meaning I got kicked in the head a
lot. The cap of Bryan's drum stick flew off - right into the hands of one
of .flip.'s friends, which was really cool. Matt ended it, of course by
screaming "F--- you eyes, F--- you too," with the crowd screaming along.
After Scrape was Apollo, which was semi-jeered (Unfortunately, I love this
song). When Matt sang "I'm thinking of a number between everything and
two" for the first two times - people were saying "Four," or "I've heard
that line already, get on with it." Essentially, a lot of people were
being assholes (surprise there). They were probably drunk, considering
the ground was layered in crushed beer cans. However, by the end - people
had warmed to the song and were singing along. This song is EXTREMELY
beautiful live, the look on Matt's face while singing it (I still was in
the second row) was amazing, he was really into this song.
After Apollo they played Stars - which started more moshing, shoving.
Surprisingly, there wasn't that big of a cheer. I think most of the
people there knew Hum - a lot of people wanted Winder, of Boy with Stick,
or Pinch + Roll to be played. Stars sounded great. After that they
played I Hate it Too - which was just crazy. Bryan towards was pounding
of the drums and symbals like a mad man - I saw half of his drum stick fly
After I Hate it Too, they left the stage which caused everyone to start
chanting "One more set, one more set." After between 5-10 minutes, they
came back on and Matt said "Thanks a lot, we're going to play 2 more songs
and that's it. You guys are great. Thanks" (He essentially said that,
I don't remember the exact words. Sorry.) Then they played Little Dipper
which I didn't recognize at first because I was so surprised. By the end
of the song, everyone was singing along. I've never really liked Little
Dipper that much on YPAA, but it sounded great. Then they closed with I'd
Like You Hair Long. Everything went crazy, intense pushing and a lot of
crowd surfers. Tim was going nuts on his guitar, Bryan was beating the
crap out of his drums, it was awesome, especially the end. After saying
"Thanks" for the last time, they left the stage. They had played for a
little over an hour, and were really exhausted. They poured a lot into
that show, and it showed.
.flip. and Seb went up to try and get posters, while I just wandered,
contemplating what I've seen (and exhausted from all the heat and getting
banged around so much.) .flip.'s friend - the same one who got Bryan's
cap - got Tim's water from one of the security guys, and we all took a
little sip of it. It tasted a little weird, but refreshing. I went
upstairs to get a poster, but couldn't get one. We all waited on the
floor, waiting for Hum to come out after 20 minutes security started
kicking us out, so we went outside to wait for them.
We were sitting on 15th Street, waiting, and we saw the Hum van. It is
grey with a trailer. It was really dirty and someone wrote "Hum" in
grafitti style on it on the trailer. After maybe 20 minutes, Miles Windish
- the sound guy came out to start packing. We didn't recognize him at
first, so we asked him his name and he told us. .flip., Seb, and I
instantly recognized him and told him so, and he asked how, so we
responding we are on the list and Gordon told us all about you. He
laughed and said "Yeah, Gordon warned me all about you guys." He then had
to get something and asked us to guard the guitars, so we hovered over
them, staring intently at them, almost as if it was an altar or something.
He returned and continued packing the van and talking with us and the same
time. He was really, really nice - he put up with our questions and told
us some great stories.
After twenty minutes (or thirty, we kinda lost track of time), we saw
Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani. Apparently, Gavin wanted to see how his
old tour-mates were doing. Someone asked how he liked it, and he said he
liked it a lot. Then, the two lovebirds drove away in a limo.
At around 1 AM, .flip. and some of his friends had to go back to Penn
Station to catch the train back to Huntington (because the next one was at
3:30 AM), so Sebastian and I said our farewells and we stayed, along with
some of .flip.'s other friends. Maybe twenty minutes after they left,
Heroic Doses came out and began to pack their stuff. They were really
nice, especially the drummer. It turns out his drums are from 1966, which
was pretty cool. Maybe a hour an hour after taht (it was around 2AM), Tim
came out and made a beeline to the van. Then, Bryan came out and seeing
us, he said "Man, you guys must have been waiting for a while. We've been
there for over an hour." He was really nice and began to sign stuff
(there were maybe five people there.) Then Matt came out and when he saw
Bryan signing stuff, he was pretty shocked and said pretty much the same
thing. I thanked him and then Jeff came out and he also was signing.
They didn't really spend much time, they were talking - but all of them
were really nice, esp. Matt who was really humble. After thanking them
for the umpteenth time, we went home. We (Seb and I) got to Columbia at
around 3AM, and promptly went to sleep.
I got my DiH poster insert signed, Seb got the liner notes for YPAA signed
and I got a sheet of paper for .flip. signed. .flip., I gave it to your
friend with the spiky blond hair.
I tried to take some pictures, but none of them came out. I'm sorry, I
Go see Hum, you will NOT regret it -- Yosi
PS Sorry for the length
PPS Please if you have any video bootlegs, send it in. Please, you get
stuff in return.
PPPS My ears stopped ringing at around 4:30 PM Saturday, but promptly
started again. Hum is loud.