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'Take A Vacation' Listening Party 10/16

I was fortunate enough to be at Angels and Kings last night for the listening party! I drove from northern CT through rain and snow at lightspeed after work to beat rush hour traffic, nearly peed myself because there was no time for bathroom stops, made my train by 2 minutes after almost getting back onto the gridlocked highway and being honked at maliciously for cutting people off to avoid this...

...and was it all worth it? You bet it was!!

I got to Angels and Kings at 7:30 and there were literally ten people there, lol, a big difference from when Brendon played in August and the place was jam-packed. So I sat by my lonesome with my two beers against the wall and watched as people slowly trickled in. To those who have never been there before, it's actually a pretty small, laid back place, just a bar with a cool ambience and some comfy seats. The infamous spot for mugshots is in a little inlet that shares space where you wait for the bathrooms, two separate single stalls that ask no gender of you and are so covered in scrawl and marker that you can't see yourself in the mirror.

They played the Butch Walker album first, around like 8:15, at a volume much louder than the stock music they'd been playing before, to my happiness as the number of people had tripled and conversations were getting boisterous. I don't really know Butch Walker, I'd never heard him before, so all I can say is that the music was pretty good. Though his voice was much whinier than I'd expected from a man named Butch!

So I'm just sitting there chilling when I look up (I'm facing the entranceway) and there's Ryan!! With Alex, of course, and a few friends in tow whom I didn't recognize. They just stroll in and it's no big whoop-de-do, which is when I realize most of the people there did not come for the listening party, it's really just their neighborhood bar. Ryan was wearing his little brown suit. He looks healthier, not as skinny as he was last year, with his round cheeks and gorgeous locks :) Alex had his cape on! Loved it. Jon was absent, but I wasn't expecting him to be there as I'm sure he's in Chicago right now...unless he's moved to Cali as well? I can never tell with that elusive man.

It was so hard not to stare at Ryan the whole time! He's just so captivating. But I did my best. He knew lots of people there and spent the time 'schmoozing'.

A little before nine I heard the beginning of "Change" and I knew this was it! So that will be the first song on the album. There were quite a few people there now and I kept re-positioning myself to find where I could get the best sound, closing my eyes so I could hear better.

"Take A Vacation" is a very appropraite title for the album. I felt like I was on vacation! But it's so much more straightforward than the other work he's done. It doesn't sound like they're trying too hard or trying to prove something, it really is just a collection of fun pop songs, GOOD fun pop songs at that! Very, very pop-y. I wouldn't be surprised if critics compared this album to The Beach Boys like they continually compared Pretty Odd to The Beatles...though if that comparison makes anyone feel iffy, I'll let you know I don't particularly care for The Beach Boys and I loved the songs I heard last night. They're not cheesy in the slightest, but they are very lighthearted.

For the songs individually, I don't remember how many there were. There are at least two, maybe three, which are definitely not Ryan's voice- I say that because I cannot ever hear just Jon's voice on anything Panic has done and I don't want to say for sure that it's him, but uh, I'm 99.9% positive, so that's cool! One song was all about Cape Town, very twangy and mellow. All the songs blurred together for me, with the background noise- they are not radically different from each other, but yet they don't all sound the same but they do have the same sound to them, if that makes any sense? The last track, gah, I can't remember what it goes like but there were tears in my eyes. It was just that beautiful. It's an album that will make your heart swell and your hips shake!

And then it was 9:30 and I'd had my four beer maximum and was ready to go home, lol. But not without speaking to him, of course, and I managed to catch him alone as he was waiting in line for the bathroom. He was utterly gracious and so sweet, just as always. I finally got to shake his hand, something I've been waiting for which was a big no-no at meet and greets. Told him how much I loved the album, how amazingly excited I am for the music he makes, what a great talent he has, on and on because I never know what to say and I always want to say so much! I just really wanted to convey to him how much we truly love this music and how excited his fans are for this new band. He seemed very happy to hear all this :) Asked him about being under contract and he's a free man now, so they're really just hunting for labels at this point. He said the album should be out beginning of next year and he's very excited about it!!

And that's it. I apologize I have no media to share. There was no way I could've taken audio without it being completely drowned out by people talking. And I didn't want to take any pictures because, well, it's a dark bar and flash would've been really obvious and I didn't want to look like a creeper, lol. The end.


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Oct. 16th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
next year. this is so exciting, though, thanks for sharing!
Oct. 17th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)
Your welcome! Next year better come fast!
Oct. 16th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, awesome review. Thank you for sharing! Reading this review just makes me even MORE excited for it. And I didn't know I could get even more excited for it! Omg! It sounds like this album is gonna be pretty great, which I figured. Haha. Because its Ryan and Jon! Yeah, so thank you so much for sharing! Ah, I'm so spazzy, happy and possibly hyper now. Lmao. (I just really love this band, so I'm just all omghappy now).

Thank you again! And it seems like you had fun and everything, that is great! And lucky you got to meet Ryan! :D
Oct. 17th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
You're very welcome! I know, now that I've heard it I'm like a million times more excited for it to come out!
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Oct. 17th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
You're so welcome! I know, I want it now too!! 2010 come quick!
Oct. 16th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
You went and said hi! Well done : )
Oct. 17th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
I just had to! He's very approachable. I have a friend who is obsessed with Bruce Springsteen and I feel so blessed to be obsessed with a musician I can actually go up and talk to in public!
Oct. 16th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
This makes me really happy ♥
Also, Jon singing!!!! \o/
Oct. 17th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
He has a lovely voice!
Oct. 16th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
A song about Cape Town? D'awww. And I am disproportionately excited at them being free of a label, I won't lie :D.

Thanks so much for this, I'm already so excited now. Wish I could've been there, but your review brought it to life ;). Thanks for sharing!
Oct. 17th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
It is very exciting that they're unsigned- while I was waiting when Butch Walker was on, I was actually sitting next to a record scout who claimed he'd already heard the album, the bastard! Lol, they left before TYV came on though, so idk, he could've just been trying to get into my dress, lol... glad I could make you feel like you were there, I wish we all could've gone!
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Oct. 17th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
You're so very welcome!! It's so nice to hear Jon on the album...I think there was just too much talent in Panic for one band, honestly, now they all get more of a chance to shine!
Oct. 16th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
It's really nice to know that it's a fun record. I definitely need some of that in my life.
Oct. 17th, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)
Aww well I hope it will infuse some fun into your life! And hey, maybe you can take a vacation with all that fun, lol...
Oct. 16th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
Hi, darling! I LOVED your review! Thanks! :D I was expecting for someone to put something up about yesterday!
I'm excited about Jon singing *w*

Can I borrow your review for a translation into spanish? I will of course give you all the credit, because I live in Argentina and is obvious that i wasn't there haha. It's for my Panic news blog. It's okay?

Thank you very much again.
Oct. 17th, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)
You're so very welcome! I would be delighted if you translated this into Spanish so everyone (well, the English and Spanish speakers lol) can share in what went on last night.

I'm excited about Jon singing too!
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Oct. 16th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
it was nice meeting you again last night lol
nice review of the night
Oct. 17th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)
Nice to see you again as well! I'm sure we'll see each other on the tour lol
Oct. 16th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
OH my gosh... I am SO excited for this album... and this review makes me even more excited. Thank You SOOO much for sharing!
Oct. 16th, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC)
em! :)
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Oct. 16th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
thanks for sharing your review. this makes me excited to hear the album.
Oct. 17th, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
You're very welcome! It will be worth the wait to hear it :)
Oct. 16th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I've been in two minds whether or not to get excited about it. I just ignorantly assumed it was going to be a boring old Beatles wannabe album. I think I'm going to be a little more open minded about it now. Glad you had a good night. x
Oct. 17th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
I feel like 'boring' and 'Beatles' should never be in the same sentence, lol. Yes, definitely keep an open mind and I think you will be quite pleased when you hear it :)
Oct. 16th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
this made my heart happy. this split really does seem like it was best for all parties involved. and like zack said oh so long ago, now we get two albums! :) okay i'll stop reminiscing and being melodramatic.

thank you for taking the time to tell us about it!
Oct. 17th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
You're very welcome, I'm glad I had the opportunity to share my experience with everyone!

I wholeheartedly believe the split was best for everyone. Using yet another Bealtes reference, there really was too much talent in that one little band. I think everyone will have the chance to flourish in their talents now and they are all happier for it!
Oct. 16th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
This was a wonderful review. I'm so glad that you enjoyed it and got to have a few words with Ryan. Thanks for sharing. :)
Oct. 17th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
You're very welcome! I'm glad I got to have words with Ryan as well :) And I literally had been waiting four years to shake that boy's hand, lol.
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