Story and photos by Matt SchwenkeFrom the land of fake breasts and many other fake things (Southern California), Something Corporate has managed to maintain a natural and raw beauty in their live performances. Originally planned for the Rave, Something Corporate fans quickly bought-out the tickets, and the show was pushed upstairs to the Eagle's Ballroom to meet the demand. While the place was nearly filled, which amped up the band, something with the sound system didn't keep up. At one point in the show, lead singer Andrew McMahon asked the crowd if they could hear him, and only those in line with the soundboard or right in front of the speakers seemed to respond. Though the vocals weren't very clear, the energy that the entire band displayed not only charged-up the young crowd but also made up for the muffled voices coming through the speakers.
With that aside, what did come through loud and clear was some hot guitar solos from Josh Partington and equally searing piano playing by McMahon. "21 And Invincible," from their latest release North stood out as a powerful tune, as well as the popular "If You C Jordan." Fans were also treated to a live premiere of the tune "Watching The Sky," which McMahon confessed to being wasted and hating himself when he wrote it. Despite the condition that McMahon was in when "Watching The Sky" was penned, this tune, and a handful of others from their latest release, showed a maturity that wasn't there in earlier work. As this band continues to grow-up, they seem to be holding on to their infectious energy and gradually shedding the all-too-common modern punk sound. As the boyish charm of Something Corporate wore off, it was their risks in song-writing that ultimately separated themselves from being completely corporate.
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