bartlett quadrangle. tuesday. november 30, 1999. 12pm.

this is something we haven't done in a really, really long time. in a departure from our usual attitude of "if it's not loud, electric, and distorted, it's not rock", we showed the barlett quads at the university of chicago what happens when we leave our amps at home. in a surprise to all of us, it was still rock music. i should mention that we didn't choose to do it this way. well, we did, but gabe was out of town, and we still wanted to play the show, so it was more out of necessity than anything else. gabe's rad bass-lines would have been sorely, sorely missed in our usual amped up set. we still missed them, but the novelty of the acoustic guitars was cover enough for the high schoolers on campus for the university of chicago's summer science camps. we were sitting down. it was weird.

this was just like the old days, when robert and travis would do this sort of thing on a regular basis. but this time, we had chris rocking out on the drums. and much better songs.

highlights: there were teenage girls rocking out. there was our good friend stryker pimping our cds. there were teenage girls pimping our cds. there was a kid reading harry potter on the grass right in front of us and nodding his head to the music. the median age of the crowd was well below 20. there was becky (our beloved roommate!) and paul rocking out and mocking us (no paul, my hair is not everywhere, and it's not screaming anything). there was a guy who gave chris a parking ticket just to be a jerk. there was a hit and run on anne's car. there were new songs and some really old favorites. robert did a solo version of peaks island.

and then everyone went back to work. except for chris, who went home and took a nap. for those of you who missed it, it will probably be a long time before we play acoustic again. we just like being loud and jumping around too much. that said, there is something really nice about the way acoustic guitars sound with drums.

set-list:
smile like asterix
k.o.star
the sun is falling
a year ago
milestone
my room is dark
peaks island
little death
don't drive away