Saturday, June 12, 2010

"...Do you still remember the way to our spot where we used to watch the bright lights shine over West Little Rock?"

On June 4th I went to see a band from Little Rock called School Boy Humor. I had been hearing about them for a few years and up until December 2009 I had automatically assumed they weren't any good, because I had never heard of a local band that was truly talented. (I was told it wasn't nice of me to say that.) So I Googled musicians from Arkansas and found this list, and I am sure they are all extremely talented.  Joe Nichols is from Arkansas...did you know that? I didn't know that, I like him and I don't even like country music. So I'll admit it I was wrong, I do like Ne-Yo too.

One night I decided to buy their album from iTunes and was surprised to find that they were really good.  Their sound is similar to Boys Like Girls (but in my opinion...way better.)

I tried to go to one of their shows a couple months ago and for some reason that ended up not working out for me.  I was very happy when I found out that they were going to be having an acoustic show at a small cafe named Haystacks in Little Rock.  No one I know had ever heard of Haystacks, so we had no idea how to get there.  My sister Googled it and found a review of the cafe saying it was hard to find, like trying to find a needle in a haystack...I wonder if that is how they came up with the name?

We drove around forever trying to find the place and the fact that there was construction work going on didn't help the matter, it just made us more confused.  Finally we found it and we realized that the parking lot was empty, so we thought we were early.  We go inside and see the band members sitting at a table talking to their friends.  A waitress came and took our order, then Anthony and Phil from School Boy Humor gathered their stuff and left.

We thought maybe since they only saw two people had showed up they decided it wasn't worth it and left.  A few minutes later a lady that worked at Haystacks asked us if we were there to see School Boy Humor, and said that they had finished playing a few hours ago.  Heather and I were both sad because we had come from an hour away to see them and had a hard time even finding the cafe.  At least the food was really good.  We explained to the lady how far we had come and she said she felt bad for us, then told us our meals were free, that she would find a way to make it up to us. 

A few minutes later she left to go get a piece of paper for us to write our names and address down, she said Phil and Anthony didn't live far from Haystacks and that she would let us know the next time they came there to play.  When she returned to our table she was holding out a phone and told me to take it.  I didn't know what was going on, but I took it from her and said hello.  It was Phil, he said he was very sorry that we had missed them and that they would be having more dates soon.  After I talked to Phil for a while Heather and I were getting ready to leave.

As soon as we got in the car, the lady came out and told us that School Boy Humor just called, they were on their way back to play for us.  We were pretty shocked that they were willing to come back and play for just the two of us.  It was almost time for Haystacks to close, so we were the only ones there besides the people that worked there.  Heather and I thought it would be really awkward for us to be their only audience, so we were happy to see that when School Boy Humor arrived they had brought some friends and a few other members of the band with them.  Phil arrived about 15 or 20 minutes before Anthony, so we all just sat and talked while we waited for him. 

Before they started playing a few more people came in to eat, now we felt a little better since the audience had grown a little more.

Phil and Anthony performed songs off of their album, as well as a few new unreleased songs. I think School Boy Humor sounds even better live then they do on their record.  They told us about their song "Don't Look Back" being on Radio Disney's countdown and then sang a song they wrote with Mitchel Musso called "Just Want More"

I have video of them performing a new song called "Show Me" I thought we had recorded the whole song, but realized half way through that we apparently didn't hold down the record button down long enough for the camera to start recording...but at least I have the chorus.

After they were done playing a girl that was related to the people that were there eating just happened to walk in with a guitar and told all of us she was a country singer. I thought it was a little weird that she showed up like that. (Coincidence...I think not.)  She asked School Boy Humor if she could hear a song of theirs, so they played "Show Me" again.  When they were done she sang a song she wrote.  Honestly I thought she was awful.  Although I do hate country music...I'm pretty sure she was still horrible. (I'm sure someone likes her music, but I am just not a fan.) Plus the lyrics to her song didn't even make sense. (Maybe they do make sense and I am just an idiot.)

Yesterday they performed on a local news station during Good Morning Arkansas and they will be starting a new tour soon. 

I'm gonna go ahead and say that this show was the best I have ever been to, because not only are they extremely talented...but they are also really sweet.  I mean they came back to play for my sister and I because we missed the show, no one else has ever done that for me and I think that is pretty amazing. 

Heather, Phil and I

Anthony and I

"Please Stand Up"

 (I used some of the lyrics in this song as the title of this entry)

"Just Want More"

"Don't Look Back"

 "Blonde Hair Blue Eyes"

"Camera Shy"

"Show Me" (The whole song this time.)


P.S. If Anthony and Phil happen to read this:

 I know Heather and I have told you this a million times...
 but thank you so much for coming back and playing for us.
 You guys are awesome and we can't wait to see you again.

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