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forgetters | February 9, 2011

Local openers, Homeowners, kicked off the night.

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forgetters touring partners, Street Eaters, were up next. When I saw them setting up the drum kit at the front of the stage I figured we could be in for something different. But when the only other piece of equipment to arrive was a bass cabinet, I definitely had one of those wtf moments. Yes, you read it correctly, one drum kit and one bass (and not one of those fancy 6-string but the old fashioned kind with only 4 strings). What I heard was as heavy as expected but surprisingly melodic and robust at the same time. Definitely check them out if you ever get a chance.

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forgetters: punk super-trio from Brooklyn, New York featuring Blake Schwarzenbach (Jawbreaker) on vocals, drummer Kevin Mahon (Against Me!) and Caroline Paquita (Bitchin’) on bass, ended their tour with a stop at the Oakland Metro Opera House. With only a 7″ out so far, the band has been generating quite a bit of buzz which resulted in a healthy turnout, especially for a Wednesday night. Maybe it was because they were not yet familiar with the music, maybe they were hoping for some covers, but the crowd was unusually subdued between songs, prompting a clown in the crowd to bust out some cricket sounds from their phone which resulted in a swift request from Blake for them to leave and a rare reaction from the crowd. While not going crazy, people were definitely paying attention and hung around waiting for an encore that never came. Expect to hear more from forgetters in the future.

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Setlist:

  • Vampire Lessons
  • Portland
  • 1982 Interdiction
  • Hoop and Swan
  • Too Small to Fail
  • Your Own Hand
  • Seconds
  • Death Trip
  • Sirens
  • Stupid Libation
  • Hart Crane Pike

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