On the destruction of Meat Town USA:
Show houses come and go, it’s true. I remember all the nights I spent at the Parlor learning about what this scene had to offer. I was at the Bread Box’s last show. But Meat Town was different.
I hated it the first time I went there. I hated the creepy staircase and felt super trapped. Over the years and all the shows I went to there, it became a part of what life was. I’ve been trying to remember all the bands I saw there and every time I think I’m done, I think of another one. I had so many memorable nights in that house. The Dopamines/Hextalls/FOF show before Insub 09. The Pillowfights before Insub 10. The very first FOF show James and I saw there when Mikey sang along to Mikey Says. The Weird Fantasy Band set after Mike Hunchback drove me all the way from Brooklyn to New Brunswick. The last FOF show there. Ted Leo! The time SamO and I got naked or something in the living room…haha. I’m probably missing a thousand things, but those are my favorite nights. So much about this scene has defined who I’ve become in the past six or so years, it sucks that this place is gone but at the same time, it’s time to move on and is yet another reason why I think I need to leave New Jersey.
My favorite picture from Meat Town, right here, during FOF before Insub 09:
Last night was phenomenal.
I had resigned myself to the fact I would never see the Dismemberment Plan years ago, so finally getting to hear those songs live blew my mind. They’re also amazing musicians and sounded great. Mikhail & I went on stage for the Ice of Boston and sang and danced and afterward, I gave Travis a hug and life just seemed totally unreal.
I also ran into some friends from my old internet forum, one I met once when I was 16 and another I had never met, and it was awesome. I was a pretty weird teenager so it was cool to meet Ted again as a grownup and to talk about our lives and it’s crazy how much has changed and how far we’ve come. I love being able to meet people from that time in my life because I essentially grew up with the kids who posted there. When I met Meg, it was like we’d met a thousand times before. It was great.
Finally, Molly is one of my favorite people in the universe and it was lovely to hang out with her during the first band or so. I hope you loved the dplan!!