This Is Me Smiling
The Tap Room (The Knitting Factory), New York
The Tap Room, the second level of The Knitting Factory, is where bands play who are not as well known, and need a little more status in order to play in the venue’s main stage. The Tap Room is a tight fit with a bar and very small stage, but bands “make do.” The April 12, 2007 concert lineup was “Fight of Your Life”, “This Is Me Smiling”, and “Verdera”. “Actiondale” were also set to perform, however, they canceled last minute.
“Fight of Your Life” was the first band to perform. When they finally felt prepared and were in tune, they told the sound guy they were ready. The sound guy then proceeded to turn off the background music and all the attention was now on the band. Before they started, the band asked the crowd to move closer. Apparently a lot of their friends had showed up as they were saying hello to all of them right before their first song. The music overpowered the vocals, for a majority of their set. It was very difficult to hear what the singer was saying because the instruments were a little too loud. Moving into their second song ‘Church Bells’ the sound quality was a little better. The singer came off the stage to sing the chorus with a fan. Their song, “Leave the Light On” was a typical love song. The guitar lines in the song sounded like a “Breaking Benjamin” song. Their next song “Phoenix in the Fall” sounded like the song “Straight Out of Line” by Godsmack. The band needs to work on their sound and maybe they will be able to perform on the main stage soon. The band was allowed an encore so they played one more song. However, it was not very successful because one of the guitarist had a technical problem. The crowd loved them despite this and gave them a screaming applause.
A half hour later “This Is Me Smiling” was ready to perform. The room began to fill up more once they started to play. The band played eight songs including the songs on their Myspace page. This four piece band has a lot of potential to become a very successful band. They use many diverse instruments in their songs such as a tambourine, keyboard, and maracas. Each song had very impressive and intricate drum and bass lines. Their songs have great rhythm with a very unique sound. Many of their songs talk about girls and relationships. One of their catchy songs had such a great response from the crowd that one person screamed to ask for what the song was called. The band’s singer Dan Duszynski said it was called “Andy Apathy.” Before their last song the band thanked the crowd for “sticking around and checking them out” and that they had some merchandise and CDs in the back if anyone was interested. They also said that they would be in the back hanging out and that they “would love to meet everyone.” Keyboardist Sheldon Miller, right before their last song, introduced it as “a love song about your mothers.” “This Is Me Smiling” is definitely a band to look out for in the future.
“Vedera” was the last band to hit the stage. This four piece band is fronted by a female, which is wonderful to see. Kristen May is a very talented young woman. She plays guitar and the keyboard for the band and she has a beautiful and powerful voice. Kristen can hit very high notes and has a great vibrato sound to her voice. The band’s music is very soothing and relaxing with great lyrics. The band played a half hour set with songs that included “For A Friend”, the love ballad “The Falling Kind”, and “Desire and Repeat.” The band thanked everyone for being there and told everyone to “have a goodnight.”
The Tap Room had a great turn out for this show. When everyone left, no one could say they did not have an amazing time.