I’m sure this will be shocking to you, but I have to say it: the Arkells are REALLY good and their shows are REALLY fun. Their opening act was this band from LA called Irontom. They were pretty good, super entertaining, but the main attraction there was their lead singer, who is…odd. Super odd. At first I thought he was doing the flamboyant front man thing, a la Freddie Mercury, and he was, and it was great, but then it got weird, and at one point (during a guitar solo), I thought he might be having some sort of breakdown in the back corner of the stage. From that point, I was a little more concerned than entertained, but their music was good, and I’d like to hear more.
But Irontom is NOT why we were there. We got there shortly after the doors opened because I was not about to ruin our streak of being right down front.
We were successful. That’s Max. He’s adorable.
Arkells were headlining this time (the other two times we saw them they were opening), so we got double the setlist, which was AWESOME. They played all our favorite songs, Max came out in the crowd for a couple of songs and we got hugs on his way back to the stage, and then we talked to him for a couple of minutes after the show.
Now, naturally, John wonders where his life went off course. He should be in a band like that!