[Mom & Pop]
“I’ve Seen This Before, Oh, I’ve Seen This Befo-o-o-re!”
A slightly more desperately depressed Tegan and Sara
By the time I reached the Galaxy Backyard to catch An Horse, I was on my 6th show of the day. Seeing six shows at SXSW feels more like seeing 16 when you factor in walking/biking/crawling across town from venue to venue to reach a show which, undoubtedly, will have had some sort of schedule change requiring you to schlep back to the venue you just came from. So I was pretty exhausted when I got to the An Horse show, and I’m sad to say the Brisbane, Australia twosome did not kick me out of my zombie-like state in any way.
First off, these guys do not particularly care what you think. Their we’re-not-trying-at-ALL attire (white v-neck T-shirt and jeans on singer/guitar player, Kate Cooper, and a black T-shirt and jeans on drummer/harmonies, Damon Cox) matched the dour, just-woke-up-give-me-coffee-now looks on their faces.
My own dour, give-me-coffee-now look was slightly altered for the better when a roughly 40-something guy in slacks and a button-up print shirt (must have snuck out of his engineering firm early in order to catch “one of his favorite bands”) hit me up with the cute line — “Nice to see someone still knows how to use a pen.”
Our awkwardly amusing conversation was, however, abruptly interrupted by the eavesdropping douchebag in front of me who turned around, stared at my notes, and felt it necessary to insult my (admittedly horrifyingly) bad handwriting. Whatever, dude. Impressive penmanship is not the point when you are packed like a sardine amongst 100 sweaty hipsters! Was that a weird pick up line? Why am I sandwiched between an old guy and a jerk? What the hell is going on?!
Thoroughly irritated, I focused my attention back on the band, hoping to shake off my mood. It sort of worked — I wasn’t irritated anymore. But I was back to feeling comatose and sluggish.
It can’t be denied — this twosome sound 100-percent like the identical twin indie darlings they supported on tour in 2008, Tegan and Sara. A slightly more desperately depressed Tegan and Sara. Cooper has a nice voice and the Cox supported harmonies are pretty, but the songs all seemed to drown together. I had to suppress a chuckle when they started playing “Camp Out” which happens to have the refrain “I’ve seen this before, oh, I’ve seen this befo-o-o-re!”
Yes, I have indeed seen this before. As in a few weeks before, at the Tegan and Sara show at the Bass concert hall in Austin.
Despite the fact that An Horse tried to mix it up a bit with a random mid-set Q & A session, around about the fourth droning, lethargic song I started frantically searching my SXSW press goodie-bag for the creepy little black bottle from Monster Energy Drink called Hitman Energy Shooter. I had promised myself that I would not let the frightening chemicals contained in that bottle enter my body.
But desperate times call for desperate measures.
– Molly Wardlaw