There was a buzz around the Metro, but that was the point. The
Chicago indie-rock club was the setting for a showcase for Scratchie Records’
talent, so some hype was to be expected. Of course, when it comes to hype, it
doesn’t hurt to be the label owned, in part, by D’arcy and James Iha of the
The show was loose, played before about 1,000 fans. The
Chainsaw Kittens led off the Scratchie bands (after the unsigned Kid Million
opened) with a casual set, taking requests and making up the set list as they
went along. Singer Tyson Meade, dressed in a shiny shirt that was just a little
too small, got the audience going, along Matt Johnson, one of the most animated
bassists ever. They were joined on their final number by James Iha, and Tyson
took the chance to press the flesh with the young crowd. Eventually, at one
fans request, he took the shirt off and threw it to her.
Fountains of Wayne
were next. They have been getting lots of air play on MTV with "Radiation
Vibe", and you could tell that the audience was getting to know "the radio
song" pretty well. The mood in the crowd picked up as the singer kept reminding
them not to mosh.
But when Fulflej came out the pit opened up...
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