“We’re going to do something crazy. We’re going to start this off with a song we wrote yesterday,” says Ian Dewayne as the Skooners prepare to close out Neon Reverb’s warp-party at the Bunkhouse.
The local favorites, who — judging by the fans rushing the stage and snapping shots — largely were responsible for drawing the crowd out on a Sunday, proceeded to play a set filled with brand new tunes.
Too fresh even to be included on the upcoming album.
To make the set a little more sing-along friendly — anyone who’s attended a Skooner show knows its fans love to join in — a couple older tunes were thrown in, including “Bad, Bad Man” and “Queen of Downtown.”
The wrap party was used not just as a chance to “reflect on Neon Reverb,” as frontman Blair Dewane asked of the audience, but also as an opportunity to record a life-performance video for the band’s Web site. It’s rumored the footage also may have been shot upon the request of a label scout.
Despite a few technical difficulties towards the end, the Skooners’ set proved to be a great way to close Neon Reverb.
If the video footage was for a label’s eyes, with a little editing out of equipment malfunctions the Skooners may be headed for the majors, sunglasses and all.