Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Ringside & Dynamite Walls at the Roxy 3/31/2011
A bit of a blog rewind for a second. I am really behind in posting about some of the fun things I've been doing lately, and I don't really have any motivation to go back in any chronological order. The shows keep going into my memory bank, but I feel like I've been away from my laptop, so tonight I'll rewind to March 31. Actually, going a little further, I rode home from SXSW with Dynamite Walls and for me it was such a fun trip to get a little deeper window on the band's dynamics. I've known the band for years now, they were one of the early bands I covered here on sd:dialedin, but outside of shows, we never spent much time together. Time running around Austin and 23 hours of driving home from Texas and I feel closer to them than ever. So when they were playing a KROQ showcase in LA and had room for me in their van, I made sure to tag along. The bonus of traveling with them was that Ringside was also on the bill. To read all about it, see more videos, and see the full photo slideshow, click 'keep on reading' at the bottom of this post.
"Tired of Being Sorry"
I almost missed the opportunity to go with the band because since I don't drive, I'm a giant pain in the ass, but Paul picked me up and we headed to Carlsbad while everyone tagging along arrived. Tom and Allen were already in LA. I think this was my first time at the Roxy. (I'm not 100% positive because there were a couple years in my early twenties where I was going to LA a lot with a friend who was dating a musician that played all over the Strip). But for all intents and purposes, this was my first time there. As we arrived, I heard Ringside soundchecking and got super giddy. I've been a fan of Scott Thomas since I'd heard Ringside on a Landmark Theatres/Filter/KCRW sampler that came out in late summer 2004, but since they'd never done a proper tour (as far as I know), I had never seen him/them live.
Since we had a lot of time to kill between their quick soundcheck and the show, we found our way to Rainbow (adjacent to The Roxy for n00bs like me). We had pizza and beers and then my night slowly devolved into an overindulgence of jager. I won't really say much more about that. (dumb) But the show itself was rad. Dynamite Walls played a great set, and then I pulled supergroupie and was hanging out in their shared dressing room with Ringside and ended up jabbering about who knows what and trying to give Scott the basics of Twitter, which he uses infrequently. I'm pretty sure I was not supposed to be filming at the Roxy, but the bands were cool with it so I just did my thing, and below are the videos.
After the show we wandered to some party and I was supposed to stay with Josh but ended up crashing at my friend Bill's pad. His place was around the corner from Hollywood Blvd, so the next day we had lunch at Musso & Frank Grill, then he drove me to Los Feliz to meet up with Josh, who was driving to San Diego to play that night with Ari Hest. (josh was rightfully pissed that he'd waited up for me and I never showed up, but I think I redeemed myself by walking to Lestat's at 3 am when he forgot his guitar later that night)
It was a fun little road trip (despite my stupid overindulgence) and hopefully I didn't do anything too embarrassing that would prevent future roadtrip invitations.