Last night I ventured down to Little Rock, where I got to see two of my favorite bands, Relient K and House of Heroes, for the first time in at least two and a half years. It’s been a dry-spell for me when it comes to concerts the past couple of years and last night was just what I needed to get back into it.
The show started about 9:45 p.m., which is rather late for me, and I wasn’t even in the door yet, which was unfortunate because House of Heroes was the first up, so I missed their first couple of songs.
As soon as I got inside, I parked myself right at the front-left next to two speakers and had my ears blasted out for the first two and a half bands.
House of Heroes never fails to disappoint during their sets. The songs I caught included: “God Save the Foolish Kings”, “Serial Sleepers”, “Dance”, “Code Name: Raven”, and “Touch This Light”, which I continued to have in my head throughout the rest of the night. Naturally their set was not long enough, but even when I’ve seen them headline an hour and a half is not enough.
The second act was William Beckett, who I had never heard of. During his set, Tim Skipper (HOH’s lead singer), Ethan Luck (RK’s drummer) and Matt Thiessen (RK lead singer) came out and did a song with him. It was rather entertaining when Tim stumbled through the lyrics and looked frustrated for doing so. I did enjoy his stuff and will probably venture to iTunes and see what he has on there one day.
The third act of the evening was Hello Goodbye. I thought their lead singer looked like Henry on “Ugly Betty”. They weren’t bad, but it was during their set that I decided to move away from the speakers. My ears were not happy, and I was almost starting to feel sick from it. So I went and got a bottle of water and stood near the back.
It was after midnight when Relient K finally made it on stage. They started with “Forget and Not Slow Down” and moved right into “Be My Escape”. After that their set gets fuzzy in song order, but they covered a lot of ground over the course of the night. The other songs they did included: “The Only Thing Worse Than Beating a Dead Horse is Betting On One”, “Pressing On”, “Sadie Hawkins Dance”, “Mood Rings”, “In Love with the 80’s (Pink Tux to the Prom)”, “High of 75”, “Which to Bury, Us or the Hatchet”, “Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been”, “Devastation and Reform”, “The Lining is Silver”, “Sahara” and “Savannah”.
One thing that was different about this show was that they didn’t a have a piano. This was probably the first time since 2004 that I have seen them without a piano on stage, definitely a throw back to when Brian Pittman was still in the band.
At some point during their set, Matt T. asked what it was that we do here; He was like, “Is it ‘Go Pigs’, or ‘Pig Sooie’, or what?” So everyone in the audience started to “Call the Hogs”, and he was up on the stage trying to do it to, the second time through he tried to throw the “Razorbacks” part on, but everyone in the crowd kept going. Afterward he was like “Yeah, that’s it.” One of the other guys on stage must have asked him how everyone knows that, and he said, “It’s Arkansas.” He also mentioned something about liking/loving Arkansas, that he spends a lot of time in Ft. Smith, and that people who live there should get in touch with him to hang out. I’d be curious to know what he’s doing in Ft. Smith.
That was certainly one of the highlights of the night. It’s hard to fail when a spontaneous “Calling the Hogs” happens outside of a sports or university event. I’d love to see if someone got that on video and put it up on YouTube.
The other highlight of the night was during “Devastation and Reform” when some of the guys in House of Heroes came up on stage and did the song with them. It was really cool to see both groups up their together. I certainly swooned.
They closed the show with “Savannah”, which I think was the perfect song to end the night.
Overall, it was a blast, and I am wiped out. I hope that I get to see both bands soon, perhaps in Fayetteville. I wonder what it would take to get them to play up here?