I can’t think of a better way to spend a beautiful Saturday afternoon than shleping it all the way to Williamsburg then sweating alongside 100 other people in a jam-packed room in order to see Sondre Lerche perform some great new songs at Sound Fix.
Right now I’m sweating too much and traumatized by the non-working L train to do a write up. Will tell all later.
UPDATE: Ok, now that I’ve had sufficient time to sleep and cool down from yesterday’s Brooklyn adventure, I can explain my experiences in a more level-headed fashion.
So I got up before 10 AM on Saturday in order to try to get tickets to Coldplay at MSG in September. (Unfortunately, Ticketbastard prevailed and I was unable to get suitable seats, so I’m going to have to throw my hat out to Lady Luck and try to score some tickets another way.) I went back to sleep around 11 and then didn’t get up until 2:30 PM. “Gotta get up to see the Sondre Lerche,” my internal monologue said. So I arose from my slumber and tried to get myself together.
I stopped to think for a moment where I was going, “How the heck do I get to Williamsburg from here?,” I asked myself. “Lemmi check to see if the L train is even RUNNING.” To my dismay, when I checked the service advisories the L train was in fact not running to Brooklyn this weekend. Malarky! When my friend arrived around 3 PM at my apartment in order to head over to the show, I told him of the transportation set back and he suggested we take the JMZ to Marcy Ave., so we did, seeing as how that was the only logical way to get to Brooklyn.
When we got out of the Marcy Ave. stop around 3:45 PM, there was a shuttle bus running to the L train stops. As I was on the bus, I got phone calls from my other two friends who were asking if I had arrived at Sound Fix yet. I told them no, and asked if Sondre had gone on yet. He hadn’t. I told one of them, “Well tell him he can’t start until I get there.”
When I got to Sound Fix, I could already hear Sondre singing over the speakers in the record shop part of the store. I headed to the hallway which leads to the cafÃ© in the back, but there was mass congestion. Loads of short indie girls in tank tops and flip flops piled up against one another, none of whom who could seem to fit their small little frames into the performance space due to the fact that it was so crowded inside. On top of that, it was ridiculously stuffy and hot–I started sweating like Ruben Studdard.
As I stood in the hallway with the vague hope of somehow getting inside the back space, I could hear Sondre singing new songs like “She’s Fantastic,” an adorable song in which Sondre describes seeing many charming and pretty girls, but none of who can compare to his lady love because “she’s fantastic” and unlike any other. This song may or may not be about his adorable girlfriend, but it probably is about her. There was also another new song called “Happy Birthday, Girl” and loads of others who’s names I did not catch.
I eventually did make it inside of the performance space, first snaking my way through the packed back of the room and finally finding plenty of room available by the banquets along the side of the wall.
Sondre talked a lot about loving Williamsburg. He told a story about how he has a sign in his apartment that says “You’ll Never Leave,” meaning once you come to Williamsburg, you’ll never leave, and how it makes his guests a little bit nervous. He also asked the crowd who else is from Willamsburg, and surprisingly enough, there was only a smattering of applause. He asked one fellow, “Where are you from?” and the man replied, “Manhattan,” to which Sondre said, “You came all this way?” Somewhere during that conversation he said something like “I thought this was supposed to be a community thing.”
He went on to say that he loves Williamsburg so much and that he wants to do more shows out there and to look out for future performances in BK. He did two songs using a distortion pedal, a tool he said that he doesn’t like that much because it’s just another thing he has to remember to do so he doesn’t sound foolish while playing.
All in all it was a great way to spend the afternoon…Afterward we headed to Relish and had hamburgers and veggie burgers and delicious shoestring fries and then later to Clem’s for a drink before heading back to civilization–aka Manhattan. What a way to spend a day! Hooray!