The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
March 19, 2008
Written by Josh Williams
Photographed by Amy Davidson
Opposite Photo: Dave
Elkins of Mae
(Editor's Note: Hailing
from Norfolk, VA, Mae (an acronym for Multisensory
Aesthetic Experience) played at the The Fillmore
at Irving Plaza Mae played with The Honorary Title,
Between the Trees and Far-Less.)
The scene is The Fillmore at Irving
Plaza. Wednesday, March 19th, 2008. Forming a queue
to the end of the block is a horde of teenagers
and a small contingent of twenty year olds. We’re
here to see Mae, From Virginia Beach, Touring in
support of their third album, “Singularity”.
This is their first album with Capitol Records.
In the supporting position was The Honorary Title,
a band that fittingly gets an honorable mention.
THT appeared to be local favorites. There were two
other bands whose name I cannot remember, although
somewhere in the evening, I remember saying “why
does this band exist? The future of clear channel
- easy listening”.
|Dave Elkins with Zach Gehring in the background
Mae doesn’t raise my ire as much. They undoubtedly
will end up on clear channel and other stations
all across this great country, but they have a
good charm coming off them. A good wholesome charm,
and I say that in all sincerity. I do get the
impression that they are writing and experimenting
and have a lot more to produce. I would like to
see what an album with Steve Albini would sound
like. Hopefully, they will be able to continue
in their earnestness.
readily admit that I was out of the loop at this
show. One anthemic song found me observing the crowd.
They were all singing along. To a band I had never
heardof until the day before. It was kind of weird,
but not altogether unpleasant. The set was wholesome,
clean cut, rock for adolescents in the midst of
their search for a soundtrack they can call their
own. Although my soundtrack was obviously different,
I understood where they were coming from. Being
young and hanging out with your friends at a show
on a Wednesday Night. The beginnings of saying piss
off to a school-night. I also get the impression
this crowd ended the night at the malt shop, if
such places still existed. And you know… good
Zach Gehring and Dave Elkins
When the set started, the first few measures of
the synth hinted at an old post-punk, new wave sound.
Then guitars came in with its lessons learned from
the nineties alt-rock school. A mixture of the two
created a sound that will eventually be identifiable
for this particular time period. A good solid set,
good job at crowd interaction. Good clean fun.
For more information on Mae, log onto: whatismae.com