Saturday Night: By The End Of Tonight Reunion At Fitzgerald's

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Photos by Marc Brubaker
By The End Of Tonight, Young Mammals, B L A C K I E, Art Füx, Caddywhompus
March 5, 2011

By the end of the show on Saturday night, there was no longer any potential energy left in Fitzgerald's upstairs room; it had been entirely converted into kinetic form throughout the evening. A reunited By The End Of Tonight melted the faces of the frenzied crowd, and for a few hours everyone there was 18 again - no cares, just losing themselves in the frenetic yet structured cacophony brought by the music.

Aftermath walked out with a broad smile, a sore neck, and ringing ears - a perfect snapshot of every show we attended whilst in our high-school days. We were far from alone, too. We saw many a high-five traded on the floor, and more grinning teeth than a dental journal.

That's what happens when a beloved local band plays its first show in three years.

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The night kicked off with Caddywhompus, the crazed two-piece experimental pop-rock duo originally from Houston but currently calling New Orleans home. The pair whipped out a quick five-song set, bringing their chaotic jams - full of polyrhythms and pep - much to the delight of the crowd. Even guitarist Chris Rehm's finger-tapping segments are rife with pop tones; the music seems to create happiness out of the ether.

The crowd was already moving, with several people all-out dancing, if not merely bopping in place, and Aftermath's mind began to speculate just what sort of explosion would occur during B L A C K I E's upcoming set.

However, with Caddywhompus breaking down gear, more than just Mike LaCour's infamous homemade speaker system came on stage, and a cluster of instruments popped up on stage right. Three kids began an improvisational noise set, which we originally mistook as potential backing band for the dynamic grime rapper from Chemical City. LaCour hovered in the wings, and as everyone focused in awe on the trio, we kept waiting for him to rush the microphone, swooping down to start his sampler, and bursting into his set.

That didn't happen. What we did get, however, was a really fun improv number from Art Füx, whose drummer happens to be LaCour's roommate. Live drums and the squeals of electronic tweaks unfolded, transporting the listener into an alternate dimension.

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When B L A C K I E finally did take the stage, it was with a calm approach, but that never lasts long. Taking the microphone and as much cable as he could, LaCour hopped offstage onto the floor, started his sampler, and immediately was everywhere. Stretching the cord to its limits, he took over the room with opening number "Stay Up," before collapsing back to start the next song.

At this point, the house asked Mike to stay on stage, so he invited the crowd to join him, but requesting that they "be real fuckin' careful." Anyone who's seen B L A C K I E perform knows that he's a whirlwind, and that didn't change much, even stage-bound with a crew of white kids cluelessly bopping along behind him.

He tore through five more numbers before ending his appearance. We're not certain if his time ran out, or he cut it short when the kids were kicked offstage following "Window."

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In reference to your slight on Carlos Sanchez, "...For some reason, though, his vocals don't quite seem to match the music."

How could you make such a comment, and not even give a reason other than "for some reason"


Fuck you, Mark Brubaker. I have been going to B L A C K I E/Caddy shows for years and don't take kindly to being called a "clueless white kid" when this is the shit i have digested and loved daily for more than two years and can recite every lyric of every song. You're a pretty pretentious fuck of a writer, if that.

Marc Brubaker
Marc Brubaker

I did mention a reason - the reverb on the vocals, although I'm not sure that's all of it. I really can't quite put my finger on it, other than the feeling I get when I hear the music. Sorry for not being more specific.

Marc Brubaker
Marc Brubaker

I didn't say everyone was a clueless white kid. I as well have been going to B L A C K I E shows for years, and what I saw onstage - aside from Sean Padilla and one long haired dude, was not doing more than bopping along cluelessly. That said, the kids on the ground were moving a lot more. Glad you like those musicians, though, because they're rad.

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