Tab the Band,
Mimicking Birds & Modest Mouse
610 W. 56th St.
March 15, 2009
Written by Austin Rodrigues
Photographed by Amy Davidson
Photo: Isaac Brock
A familiar feeling
came over me while I watched TAB The Band open for
Modest Mouse at Terminal 5. I say familiar because
there was something about TAB that felt nostalgic,
they made me feel like I 17 again. TAB is like the
best rock band from your hometown. These are the
guys you knew in high school that were cool, talented,
TAB the Band
I did some research after the show and I discovered
that TAB is from Massachusetts, where I actually
did go to high school, Maybe that’s why this
analogy seemed so spot on to me. The most successful
band from my hometown is Staind, and though TAB
sounds nothing like Staind, both bands share an
indefinable characteristic…that makes them
the kind of band who can sell out the one live music
bar in your local downtown area. Neither Staind
nor TAB play my kind of music, but if you’re
from their hometown, they are the kind of bands
that make you want to be in their booster club.
TAB the Band
Further research informed me that two band members,
Tony and Adrian Perry, are the sons of Aerosmith
guitarist Joe Perry. When you take a good hometown
band with great musical ability and throw in a famous-dad-rocker
factor, you’ve got a band which has a chance
of becoming a household name.
The girl I was with described them as rockabilly.
I thought they almost sounded like a 21st-century
Motley Crue. But whether or not their music is your
typical style, their stage performance is infectious.
I love the fact that each member played their heart
out. On this particular occasion, the fact that
they were opening for Modest Mouse may have had
something to do with playing an extra great set.
I get the sense, though, that TAB’s not the
kind of band that’s really ever going to disappoint
There were two things I noticed about the crowd
that night: first, they were younger than I anticipated,
most barely of legal drinking age. Second, they
actually came to support the opening act. One of
TAB's songs, "Looking Pretty Pretty,"
was recently featured in the HBO show Entourage.
"Looking Pretty Pretty" drew the largest
My favorite song of the night was the closer, a
song called "Heavy Idea." Again, not my
kind of music, but the enthusiasm of the band was
enough to make me rock. Lead singer and bassist
Adrian Perry plays his bass like an electric guitar.
, That’s kind of cool and just one example
of how these guys can’t contain the beast.
You know the old movie cliché, where at
the end of a movie, the lead comes in second place
in the talent show, but then gets signed to a record
deal anyway? Well, TAB The Band is the band you
would cast to play those a-hole rockers who won.
They’re not the lead of the movie, just the
a-holes who won the talent show.
Mimicking Birds also played that night. Their set
was mediocre; it didn’t make me want to run
out and get their CD The drummer freaked me out
because he kept standing up and staring at the crowd
like he wanted to fight. It was especially weird
because they’re a pretty mild band. The match
up of Modest Mouse and Mimicking Birds just doesn’t
make any sense. Mimicking Birds would be a better
fit for a Billyburg coffee shop. Pairing them up
with an explosive Modest Mouse just confuses a crowd.
Then it was time for Modest Mouse. This was Modest
Mouse’s last show of their recent tour. Modest
Mouse is one of my favorite bands and this was my
second time to see them. The double edged sword
of being a Modest Mouse fan is that they have so
many incredible songs, you know you’re going
to hear a few that you love, but at the same time
any true fan has an ideal set list that they’d
like to hear. The band has played over one hundred
different songs at any given time in concert so
the chance of hearing all your favorites is a long
The set list the night at Terminal 5 was awesome.
Both times I’ve seen Modest Mouse I’ve
been impressed with their ability to mix up their
old and new songs. The opener was "3rd Planet,"
which really got the crowd amped up for a great
set.The buzz that night seemed to focus on who was
going to be on guitar. Johnny Marr of The Smiths
had recorded the most recent Modest Mouse album,
We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank,
with Mouse. However on their current tour, Johnny
Marr was replaced by Johnny Fairchild of Grandaddy.
Since I was the guy with the notepad and paper I
got asked this question a lot and was proud that
I had an answer prepped. I recommend bringing a
pen and paper to a music show even if you are not
reviewing the show, because chicks will ask you
questions. The transition of having Fairchild instead
of Marr was seamless and I though the band sounded
Isaac Brock, the lead of Modest Mouse, was lively
that night. He sounded perfect, the music was spot
on, and he had fun with the crowd. He even asked
someone in the audience if they’d like to
hear "Custom Concern" or" Baby Blue
Sedan" next. I always thought he was a pretty
temperamental dude, so it was nice to see him be
playful and energetic.
Overall this was a great night at Terminal 5. Check
out TAB The Band next time they come around, check
out Mimicking Birds if you’re feeling mellow,
and to Modest Mouse: Get back in the studio and
make another epic album, so that I have an even
better chance of hearing my dream set list.