the lyon's den. tuesday. november 30, 1999. 9pm.

the fates are indeed battling over the future of this band. we were feeling pretty down following the thieving of travis's car and our amps after the go nucular party, but so many people from all over wrote us such nice e-mails offering to both lend us stuff, and ruthlessly kick the shit out of whoever stole our gear, that we just couldn't help but feel both better, and excited to get back into the ring. Then, to all of our amazement, travis's car was recovered the saturday before the show! of course all our instruments and merch were still decorating the walls of some pawn shop, but we were glad to have jeepy back. Things were looking up on the way to the show, when out of nowhere, Chris's car, "big broccoli" was totaled in a collision. ah! luckily none of us were hurt, but sadly, just as fast as we recovered one vehicle, the band lost another, this time forever.

i guess at this point the evil fates were so busy laughing their asses off about what they had done to us that the kind-hearted fates, backed by an army of nymphs and muses no doubt, were able to, at least temporarily, muscle them to the wayside. The show at lyon's den turned out to be an amazing time indeed. We got back from the scene of the accident to find a room full of great friends rocking hard to the planck length's first performance in almost six months... and it was impossible not feel better. the planck's played two new songs that are great including one introduced as "hammer of evil" which you have got to hear. our set then went off, miraculously, without a hitch... no guitar strings broke! (well, one pick broke... but robert's pants stayed up!) being able to bash around was exactly the kind of car-tharsis we all needed at that point. sorry. the highlight of the set was when, in the absence of the stolen dr. sample, becky stark of first coat and starlister, not to mention our apartment, filled in on drums for too close to you and did an amazing job. this song would also find loren jan wilson singing the first chorus during the fray.

after we played, written in the sand proceeded to obliterate the audience with rock for the rest of the night. they also played a ton of what we are pretty sure was new material (though i guess it could have been really old too...) that ruled, and did a phenomenal job of pressing through what can only be described as mmHg-ian problems with instrument failure. be sure to check out their upcoming show with troubled hubble at the metro on 5/29/03! look for us in the front fuckin row.

thanks to everyone who came so far north on this rainy sunday night. a big thank you to anne for the pictures and for saving our asses when we had all our gear to move at the end of the night and only one tiny rental car. thanks to gabe who came out to rock the night before turning in the biggest paper of his life. And finally, thanks to joe the owner of lyon's den who once again engineered a great show and supplied us with a board mix of our set! check out the links below to hear some sound clips:

SET:
a year ago
the sun is falling
k.o. star
smile like asterix
broken typewriter
too close [with becky stark on drums]
three small words
permanent marker
i!d!m!

SETLIST:

a year ago
the sun is falling
k.o. star
smile like asterix
broken typewriter
too close [with becky stark on drums]
three small words
permanent marker
i!d!m!