We Saw This: Nude Beach and Roky Erickson
So this past weekend I went to Memphis, Tennessee, to help my GIRLFRIEND celebrate her 30th birthday. While we were there, we went to a lively little live music establishment called Hi-Tone to see Nude Beach open for Roky Erickson. We ended up getting to the venue a million hours before any bands started, because Memphis is weird and no one walks anywhere, and there are no trains, and fuck a bus, so we had to take cabs everywhere, which usually resulted in excessive earliness. While loitering around, we ate pizza and drank a million beers. At one point my gf got up to go to the bathroom, and while she was in there the door guy came up to me and was like "$20 cover," and I was like "I'm on the list," and he was like "$20 cover," and I said "I work for VICE, I'm not paying you money," and he was like "OK."
Around the time that our pizza was happening, a band started playing, or at least that's what we thought was happening, and they kept singing about the night, and how it belongs to vampires. The guy singing this song was wearing a silly hat, and was making extremely serious singing faces. He looked like this:
The fact that the band got really into this vampire song, but then left the stage abruptly in what we could only assume was a fit of diva moments, made us launch into a comedic monologue about them that lasted up until we found out that they were not a sucky band that sang about vampires and shat the bed at their own show, but were actually Roky Erickson's backing band, and the guy in the hat was his son. This learned truth made everything only a small bit less funny.
After the night of the vampire went away, we moved to the back of the venue where I proceded to fall asleep on a bench for about ten minutes. I woke up just in time to see Nude Beach take the stage, and they were very nice. Nude Beach is a band from New York, and everyone in the band is very cute and very young seeming. The drummer from Nude Beach came up to me earlier in the night while we were still sitting at the bar and shook my hand to say hello. I always like when things like that happen. It was funny to be from New York currently, and meet a band from New York, while in Memphis. Isn't that funny? Here's what Nude Beach looks like:
I interviewed my sex partner slash vagina girlfriend about the concert experience that we shared, and this is what she had to say: