Matt The Gnat And The Gators featuring Miss Saxy at Red Square June 7, 2018   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music at Red Square yesterday afternoon. Usually, it’s hard to get out on a Thursday to see music due to my radio show. I put it together in the morning, caught a nap in the early afternoon and thought I could make it downtown for the 4-6 show then make it home in time for the write-up.

The walk downtown was lovely and went quick. I could hear the band playing as I zipped by the alley and slid into the bar. I got a drink and wandered to the front of the stage as Matt the Gnat and the Gators were playing Done Saving Bones. Matthew Bryan Hagen has a deadpan lyric delivery and his hands quickly create simple sounding chords on the guitar. Caroline Marie mixes backing vocals and sax, and sang a section of one of the dark tales. Each song is a story that slowly unfolds, seldom with pleasant results. They sang about a drunk abusive mermaid on She Loved Selling Seashells By The Seashore. They sang about how Kids Run From A Falling Star. They sang about a man sitting in a bar wondering if he is Jack The Ripper on Born On Cobblestone In 1847. Remember when you were in a high school band and you looked at the moon and wondered if it was evil and out to get you? If so, Lady Moon is the song for you. Everyone has hitchhiked and been picked up by the Devil so One Day Closer To The Devil should become an international hit soon. Sweet Jesus told the tale of a man who had to break out of prison so he could get more cookies from his uncle Jesus to appease his fellow inmates. It did not turn out well. The band did an about face with the happy tale of how Miss Saxy lost her coat one winter night and found a replacement in the lost and found at the club. On the walk home she fell through the ice but the coat acted as a float and saved her. Since then they have been searching for the person who forgot the coat in the club, and exemplified it in song with Looking For Forgetful Louis Brown. They told a story of a woman who was about to cross the road but got her foot run over on the first step. One Wheel Mama never did let us know if she made it to the other side. Paper Doll was cool with the being flat and being an alcoholic wet nap jokes. They sang about a Cereal Killer in the morning and lamented how I Forgot My Baby At The Reunion Dance. They sang about A Rough Day For A Blue Collar, then things took an even darker turn. The story about the assassin who makes gumbo out of his victims came alive in The Snake Doctor’s Gumbo. There’s A Loss In Finding Innocence rang true as did I Love Your Perfect Disguise. They told the tale of the doomed spaceman about to burn up in the atmosphere and become A Cut In the Night Sky. They sang of the dangers of the man on the street begging for money and reaching for your ankles on Dalton Delaney. You know the old insult saying your daddy is the mailman? In Gatorland it became My Mama Was The Mailman. You’ll have to stick around until the end to find out who daddy is. They closed the set with A Monster’s Holiday.

I ducked out quickly and took the lovely walk home. I had plenty of time to get settled and let folks know what was happening on my radio show that night. I’m so happy the timing worked so well and I got to hear so many gators

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Posted June 8, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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