Random and Odd

The Ruse

While on MySpace I get a lot of weird ‘friend requests’. I use to have in my profile, “If I don’t know you, don’t even ask. I’m not here to ‘hook up’ or ‘hang out’. I’m here to keep an eye on my five kids. Yes, FIVE kids. Turned off now?”
A couple weeks ago I got a friend request from a ‘band’. I get those all the time. A band comes to town and they add all the locals of that area to their friends list so they can see that they have an upcoming gig.

I went to the profile and checked out their pictures. I then emailed the band back and told them that normally I don’t add people I don’t know, but that if he wanted I would come down to the bar on Saturday and get some better shots of them. They took me up on the offer and off I went into the brand new land of ‘band photographer’.

There was no way I was going to go on Saturday, to a bar, by myself. What had happened to me? I use to be fearless. Before I met Shaun, I spent more time at the Almond Tree then I did at my own house (on the days that the kids were at dads) It’s not that I was a huge drinker, but that I liked the company. I liked meeting the old people and talking about WW1 and what it’s was like to have to churn your own milk. Maybe that was my problem. Old people bars is what I was comfortable with.

Shaun went with me and after 5 minutes I think he was ready to leave. The band hadn’t even made it up on stage and he looked annoyed. I thanked him over and over for going with me. I even drug out my friend Ruka, but she had to leave early because her boobs were going to explode in the middle of the bar and shower the patrons with baby food.

What he's saying is...

I got the right lighting. I got the shots. I stepped out for a smoke because my eardrums were going to burst if I didn’t walk outside for a minute.
Just like me, I forgot my smokes at home and I had to bum one off an adorable guy outside. He introduced himself as John and that he was the next band going on. I asked him how different his music was from what was on stage now.
“Night and Day. This is more raw Metallica stuff. We are more…U2.” He smiled his perfectly perfect smile with his perfectly perfect teeth.
The rest of the band came out and they all smiled with their perfectly perfect teeth too.

“You’re not from around here are you?” I felt like such a hick.
“No, were from LA and before that New York. How did you know?”
“Teeth. You have nice teeth.”
I asked for permission to take some pictures of them and I would email them when I got home and they agreed. See, I do ask permission..SOMETIMES.

I called ‘Cita and my beautiful friend, Lisa and told them to come down to watch the second band. There was no way that Shaun was going to make it through another set of music. It could be Matchbox 20 up there and he would have left. He is a man and he was hungry. That was the end of the story.

The second band began to sing and I was amazed at the sound that was coming from this guy. He was awesome. Not like, ‘rad’ type ‘awesome’, but the ‘I was in awe’ ‘awesome’.
The whole band had this easy feeling about them. they weren’t trying overly hard to play or sing. They were laughing and smiling. They were so cool, but didn’t act like it.

Whenever I get people to go places with me I feel guitly the whole time. I always feel like if they aren’t having a good time then I shouldn’t be having a good time. During the first part of the performance, I kept looking over and checking on ‘Cita and Lisa to make sure they weren’t about ready to bolt out the door, but they actually looked like they were enjoying themselves.

After it was over the whole bar exploded into applause. “Don’t stop!!” “KEEP SINGING” was yelled from the back.
These guys were really good. They had a great sound and we felt honored to be able to be listening to them sing. It was one of those moments where you think, “Someday, when they make it big…I’m going to say I saw them in this little bar.”

The whole band treated us so nicely. They treated everyone nicely come to think of it. Respect, they were so respectful of everyone. You don’t see a lot of that anymore.

Oh, did I mention the part about how damn adorable each of them is? I didn’t? Dear Lord, I’m slipping.
HOT. They were all NUMMY GOOD LOOKING. Young, but MM-MM-Good!
They hung out and chatted for a long time and thanked us for coming out. Normally I would have hung out longer, but the damn bar didn’t carry hard liquor. They only had beer, and it was flat. I don’t care how damn hot those guys were, if the Captain wasn’t hanging out with us, I had to go home and get in my PJ’s and call it a night.

On the way out we giggled like high schoolers on how cute they were.
“Which one?” ‘Cita asked.
“I think they were all cute.” My beautiful friend, Lisa is much like Charotte from Sex in the City. She doesn’t like to let anyone feel left out and is the most fair person you’d ever know.
“Kristine, how about you?” She asked when she finally got the answer out of Lisa.

“Hmmm, I don’t know. I loved taking picture of the bass player because he had the most beautiful smile. I liked the drummer’s hands. The singer had great expressions…”

“PICK!”

I’m trying to be more like my beautiful friend Lisa, I picked all of them.

Upcoming Shows (
Feb 23 2006 8:00P
Velvet Lounge Washington DC, DC
Feb 25 2006 11:15P
Mercury Lounge NYC, NY
Mar 11 2006 9:30P
Atomic Cantina Albuquerque, NM
Mar 18 2006 10:30P
The Spill Austin, TX

If your’e in any of these areas, you need to go see them. When you get back, tell me which one you picked okay??

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29 Comments

  • Charmed*1

    I think they are cute! In Terry’s words, I wouldn’t kick any of them out of bed for eating crackers…

    So, how do you go about getting a .com of your own?

    By the way great job with the site.

  • randomandodd

    Yes, and totally sweet. I got an email from them before I posted this. I told them to wait awhile before they come read what I wrote so they can read what R&O readers had to say.

  • MrsDoF

    That ~~saw them in this little bitty bar back in the day~~ buzz is a real nice feeling. It happened with me when I saw Billy Ray Cyrus in a little place in eastern Kentucky? Tennessee? in the mid-80s and then he moved up and on and over and back again.

    This band, these guys–they got something going for them. And there’s no way I could choose which one has the best looks.
    My age is saying I have a blind eye when it comes to youth and handsome.

  • randomandodd

    Jackie: you must go see them. You’ll love em!!

    Zuphchick: Awwww, don’t go, you should stay so you can see them. ;)

  • Liza

    That’s really cool that you went and did such a great job with their photos. All sorts of bands add me on my myspace and I just accept them b/c then when I’m bored I can go hear their songs and see if they suck or not, lol. My soon to be BIL has a band that is on myspace and he sent me a shirt to wear. I thought that was funny. I should take a picture of me with the shirt so they can post it. Glad you had a good time!

  • MilkMaid

    LOL!!! I was looking all over for the ‘shaun’ comment, and there it is. ;-)

    BTW Kristine, you churn BUTTER…not milk. :)

    ..and great photos, as usual. Off to go check their site, Austin is just a short drive from me.

  • Tig

    These guys ROCK!! I’m just listening to their music and wondering if they ship their CDs to Canada… Just my kind of music – and *way* hotter than the band you went to see in the first place!

    Thanks for the tip, Kristine! – Oh, and your photos? Beautiful as always! I love your new site, very smooth…

  • randomandodd

    LOL…Yeah, I guess you would churn butter, not milk. ROTFLMAO.
    Cut me some slack…I’m still medicated.

    Oh and Shaun, the dummer was good looking, but the guitar player was HOT. Aww, who am I kidding…they were all hot.

    Milkmaid you need to get all your readers over to see them, it’s so worth it. Tell them that ‘Mom’ sent you!

    and Tig, I will email em and see if they ship to Canada.

  • lawbrat

    Shaun, you SO sound like Phil!! The grrrr and everything!

    OMG these guys are not bad looking at all. Way cool for you to go shoot the pictures. One day you can look back and say- I knew them when…

    The teeth thing…one of the first things I notice too.

  • Shelly

    I saw a woman in a little bar that years later ended up being Shawn Colvin…she was great!

    That sounds like a fun time.

    Those guys are HOT too:)

  • Suzie

    Oooh you said the magic phrase “nice teeth”. I am a “teeth” person. The first time I met the Hubs I was trying DESPERATELY to see his teeth. Bad teeth = no dice.

    But in addition to the “nice teeth”, you say they’re actually nice people? BONUS!

    Not to mention, the (I’m guessing he’s the) lead singer looks like he has purdy eyes too!

    Oh and they make good sounding music? Come on. You’re making this up, right Kristine? :-)

  • Montana Anna

    Oh dear. How very easy on the eyes. Oh hello there, boy in the black and white photo, and who is pointing at little ol’ me. I love you too. Oh yes I do.

  • shellibells

    Just came by to look at the pointing one again. Damn he’s hotter than the last time…..must be the meds kickin’ in!

    Ok, he really IS hot!

    Kristine, Dammit don’t you have enough of a man over there? Can you spare a cute one or two????

    I knew you in school….you got ALLLLLL the boys ALLLLL the girls wanted…hot stuff!

    *winks*

  • randomandodd

    Yes, ALL OF THEM, all of them, ALL of them were just SO DAMN NICE. Usually one of them is the ‘jerk’, but nope, they were all just happy to be there playing for us. They were true performers and I wish them all the luck in the world.

    Shelli…Yep, I got the all the cute boys because I was a tomboy and could talk about hunting, football and hot wheels. Then they broke up with after a couple of weeks because I wouldn’t kiss them.

  • cat

    OMG! O! M! G! Ooooh! Ooooh! Pick me! Pick me! I’M in DC! Me! I’m here! And today is the 23rd! Today! Here!

    All right, I’m exhausted. Give me sec, I need to breathe…

    Okay. I’m good. No, really. Totally fine.

    Hey, Kristine? Think you can get me some backstage passes? Because RAWR!

    Hee.

  • Sheri

    To all my Blog Blowout buddies-did you notice they’ll be in Austin on March 18th?!?

    Sheri wondering if she can talk hubby into letting her out, I mean get away for another weekend…..