“If you listen to a studio album by Tiger Army, that’s how they sound live.” I could also say that the opener act seemed to be an odd choice until watching their co-headliner made me realize they were actually the odd ones out. That’s about all I can say about the concert last month. So why not continue by talking about finishing incomplete work? The ones lingering on their fifth draft and still not done?
Clearing Your Plate
My most important reason for finishing incomplete work is getting stuff out of my backlog. I attended this concert on July 2nd and it’s now past August 2nd. I don’t have much more to say, so it would be easy just to skip this review. That would create precedence. That would say, “it’s OK not to push yourself [to write anything] if you don’t want to,” which goes against what I’m doing with this website.
Pushing Yourself Along
Just like going to concerts can be a physical strain, finishing incomplete work is a mental strain that just needs a little push. I had a clever idea, too: My original Tiger Army draft was going to be about how concerts can actually have some narrative to them. I didn’t let the idea develop enough during the concert, and now, it’s just a half-developed idea that I’ve attempted to complete a few times, including now.
Developing The Process
I could barely write 200 words for my first concert review. That Anti-Flag concert was a struggle to write partially because I didn’t want to cover the hosting political rally, I wasn’t feeling well throughout the entire series of bands that I completely omitted, and I’d never tried writing reviews before. I did it to the best of my ability and I’m happy with what it became. So actually… let’s give this review one more attempt:
Opener and Headliner
The opening act, Tim Barry, is a fairly typical singer/songwriter that sings about the downtrodden everyday sort of hero. He’s not skilled, unique, or lyrically memorable in any particular way. The headlining act, Murder by Death, also wasn’t particularly memorable with their take on alt-country rock. If they weren’t the last act of that evening, they would have been decent enough to sit through, otherwise, I was glad to skip out and get home earlier.
Tim Barry: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
Murder By Death: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
Tiger Army Review
Tiger Army have been solid psychobilly performers both times I’ve seen them. This recent performance focused too heavily on slower ballads, though, which was occasionally too tedious for me. Part of that narrative thought from before was that the slower songs could be punctuated with more upbeat rockabilly songs like “Pain.” The effect would establish a better balance for fans on both sides of that pace spectrum, and could’ve made the concert more exciting, perhaps?
Concluding Backlog Thoughts
Glad this one’s complete. I’d see them again eventaully and write a more formal review.