On most days “Say Hi” is one of my top 5 favorite bands. When it comes down to what do I want to listen to today? the dry, humorous, off the beaten path, yet geniusly poignant lyrics of Eric Elbogen are often my first choice. Plus, I really enjoy his voice and the music that he plays to go with it. When we saw him perform this summer at a park in Seattle, he sang a new song from his upcoming album, so I knew there was one on the way. “Um, Uh Oh” is finally here.
We waited until the night of the show to get it, I enjoyed doing that so much the week before at a different concert that we just decided to do it again. That way we heard all the songs live first and got what I like to imagine as an added flavor or something silly like that. I so much enjoyed the show/album release party.
Eric E sat front and center at a drum set with a microphone and guitars within reach. It was really fun to watch him play, change instruments, and just sing like he does. I don’t think he ever puts on any kind of pretense, he seems very genuine and his music is quite heartfelt. Also good, I want to make that point clear.
Earlier albums had really fun songs all about vampires (pre-Twilight), spaceships or robots(“Your brains vs My Tractorbeam) and love; or some form thereof. This latest one seems to be about more personal or grown up material like dating and the after-effects of dating, and still (thank goodness) love.
This was not a stand still and listen to music event, most of the audience including Tac and I, were totally dancing (we are not talking about boogieing down here). At the end of a song, Eric E told us that we had just heard the last song of the show, and that he would now play the encore. Apparently he has talked to the audience at previous shows about how he feels about encores, I have not been to those shows so I don’t know exactly what he said, but I do know that I think encores are lame and a big waste of everyone’s time. It was cool. They start their tour next month, and I highly recommend this show to almost every person that I know.
And I can’t end without saying that we really missed our friends Scary Larry and Amber. Larry introduced us to Say Hi, and I am uber grateful that he shared.
Also, our friend Darren was there so that was fun.
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