The Green Letters

One of my coworkers, Mark Simoneau, was in a band called the Green Letters for a few years, but they broke up a year and a half ago. Liz and I also know the lead singer (Tom Bubb) and his family. Tom’s sister Sarah was Liz’ room mate for a few years. And over the years I’ve been in bible studies with both Tom and his brother Chris. Anyway, The Green Letters did a reunion show last night at Waterloo Ice House, so Liz and I decided to go.

It was a lot of fun. They had a good mix of recognizable covers and originals, and the audience was mostly friends and family so they were pretty open with the crowd. And, because there is no other show coming they weren’t schlepping an email list or CD or next show or anything. They just played.

Their originals were fun. I don’t know the names of any of the songs, but most of them were musically interesting with fun lyrics. I was impressed by Mark’s drumming, and as a guitarist I paid close attention to what the guitar player was doing. He had some nice riffs and tones going.

They covered the Foo Fighters, Radiohead, The Cure, Barenaked Ladies, Andrew Osanga, U2, and I’m sure some others that I’m missing. My favorite cover, by far, was ‘Here’s Where The Story Ends’ by The Sundays. They played it spot on, and yet somehow it was different and cool. I thought they also did a good job with ‘If I Had A Million Dollars’ by Barenaked Ladies, but The Sundays cover was better.

I have to give props to Tom, too. I recall him being nervous during previous performances, but he was fine last night. Maybe it was that he was playing in front of friends and family, or maybe it was because it was a last show, but he was great. He made the audience laugh a number of times, and did a good job of responding to the audience. He didn’t seem nervous at all.

Mr & Mrs Bubb (the parents of Chris, Tom and Sarah) were also there, which was a treat for Liz. When she and Sarah were roomies Mrs Bubb visited enough that she and Liz became friends, so Liz appreciated getting to visit with her. While they were chatting I caught up with Chris Bubb for a few minutes.

After the show we walked over to the best music store in Texas and shopped for some new tunage. I picked Ra Ra Riot (I really like them so far), and Liz picked Beck’s latest, Modern Guilt. All in all, it was a very fun night.