When the band first took the stage, Kinsella's vocals sounded great, but something was off. In the middle of a song he said, "Oh no, this isn't my cue, this is my guitar dying. I've been trying to not move at all." After a moment, he strummed a few notes and added, "oh no, that's not the verse."
Nicole Schneit of Air Waves offered her guitar to Kinsella, who declined and played his other guitar, which was "tuned to be played like a banjo. It won't stay in tune, but it will have sound." After a continued struggle, Kinsella determined that the issue wasn't his guitar, but his posture.
The crowd remained patient throughout this whole ordeal. To pass the time, the rest of the band fiddled with some melodies, including "Ice Ice Baby." Kinsella resorted to entertaining stage banter, commenting on how Chicago is way different from the "cornfields and shit" in the rest of Illinois, which does not have any billboards warning of the alleged May 21 rapture. He said if he lived in Arizona, he would spend his last days with his family making peace with his maker, and thanked the audience for choosing to spend one of their final days with him.
After some rambling about horoscopes and weed-smoking, Van Morrison-loving roommates, Kinsella picked up a functioning guitar and loosened up. The last half of Joan of Arc's set was a lot stronger, ending on a high note with Owls' "Anyone Can Have a Good Time."
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Last Night: Joan of Arc at Rhythm Room.
The Crowd: Late 20s/early 30s, with some prehistoric emo kids sprinkled in.
Overheard in the Crowd: During Air Waves' set, a girl screamed, so Nicole Schneit asked if she was okay.
Girl: "We need Jager!"
NS: "The bar is over there."
Girl: "But I can't go over there!"
NS: "We're not a delivery service."
Personal Bias: I'm a fan of the Kinsellas -- both Tim and Mike. Owls and Ghosts and Vodka are my favorites.
Random Notebook Dump: I thought more people would be here, but at least everyone here is a devoted fan.