TV Eyes
Synthetic at The Echo

Los Angeles, CA - May 16, 2003


photo by Linda Rapka

photo by Linda Rapka

photo by Linda Rapka

photo by Linda Rapka

photo by Linda Rapka

photo by Linda Rapka

photo by Linda Rapka

photo by 'Anita Captured'

photo by 'Anita Captured'

photo by 'Anita Captured'

photo by 'Anita Captured'

photo by 'Anita Captured'

(Photos submitted by myself and "Anita Captured")



"Anita Captured" says:

Hey! It looks like I may be the first one to offer my personal account of last night's TV Eyes show at The Echo. It may go without saying that the crowd was quite different than the one at the Troubadour, since the priority was on dancing as opposed to whatever band might be playing that evening. When I arrived at just after 10pm, I sat down to have a drink, and somebody was going around and putting TV Eyes cards on each of the tables. They were pink and black and very glossy, with the two show dates listed on the back, as well as a couple of lines about the website and the 12". (Am I the only one who finds it odd that these were distributed only after most of the information on it was past due? Or were they circulating somewhere else?)

Dancing eventually got into full swing. I'm not especially familiar with dance music, but I was happy to hear the DJ play one of Beck's Midnite Vultures tracks. (I am one of the many who spotted Beck at the Troubadour gig...and wish I had gotten up the nerve to tap him on the shoulder and shake his hand.) I had a lot of fun looking at how everybody was dressed. A drag queen with a parasol showed up and immediately hopped onstage, where a couple of other girls in matching berets and Kraftwerk outfits were already posing.

TV Eyes started their set at around midnight, and this time, the screen was above and in front of the stage, so I was able to see the videos without Roger's setup blocking my view. I hadn't noticed how "perverted" some of them were. ;) The guys sounded great and while their set was shorter than the one at the Troubadour, I think they hit all the highlights. In the middle of the set, a girl in front decided to reach out and touch Jason Falkner in his private regions. He cracked a smile and when the song was over, he said, "Thank you. And thank you for grabbing my (I couldn't hear this part). I'll talk to YOU later." It was hilarious.

There was definitely more movement in the audience this time, though it wasn't as though people kept on dancing as they had. At one point Jason said something to the effect of, "I know the videos are riveting, but you can move around. It's alright." I think Jason was jumping around more. As for the other guys, Roger was just as intensely focused on his playing as ever, so much so that it was nice to see him look up at the crowd on occasion. And I'm afraid I couldn't see much of Brian from where I was standing.

When the last song, "She's a Study," ended, Jason pointed to the right of the stage, where they were selling the t-shirts. When I headed over there, I spotted a 12"! That's right, they had copies of the 12" for sale. The bad news was that they were priced at $12 apiece. $1 per inch, I guess. After that, I left to catch the bus and had quite an amusing ride, but that's a story for another day...


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