H2O/Madcap/Authority Zero - live in Seattle (Cover Artwork)

H2O / Madcap / Authority Zero

live in Seattle (2002)

live show

I have just been to what will probably go down as one of the most memorable shows I'll ever go to.

The show was supposed to be with the Soul Brains headlining, but they dropped off the tour for some reason. I didn't plan on going until this happened and thus, the cost of the ticket dropped by about $4. I can only assume that once they were no longer on the tour, the new show, with H2O headlining, was hardly promoted, if at all.

Every other time I've seen H2O, they've sold out The Graceland, which has a maximum capacity of about 500-600 people. This time, however, there were only 200 people there, tops. When I first got there, it was unsettling and even a little depressing to see so few people there. I thought about just leaving, but I'm glad I didn't.

The first band to go on was Authority Zero. I had never heard of this band, but they were pretty good. They're mostly a punk band, but they played a little bit of ska, here and there, which I thought was cool. Their lead singer also did a solo Irish drinking song, and he can spit out lyrics pretty fast. Overall, they were quite enjoyable, but the lack of people at the show led to a luke-warm reception.

Next up was Madcap. I've tried listening to them several times before, but I just can't get into their music. They put on a pretty impressive show though. The sad thing was that the lead singer kept talking about how cool everyone was for actually moving around and having fun, but there weren't all that many people moving. They seemed to get more reaction out of the crowd than Authority Zero, but still not a whole lot of movement overall. They also managed to get a couple people up on stage to stage dive, and it was hilarious to see them fall flat on the floor because there weren't enough people up front to catch them. It was like something out of a movie. Still a pretty good set though.

Last but not least, H2O. They came out to some crappy rap song and then plowed through "Role Model" and a new song that I didn't get the title of. At this point, Toby talked about the Soul Brains not being on the tour and thanked everyone for coming out just to see H2O. He went on to say that from that point on, they had no setlist and would be taking audience requests for the rest of the night!

So, one by one, people were pulled up on stage to request their song. Funny thing is, hardly anyone requested anything off of GO! (an album I think is alright, but everyone else seems to hate). Most of the requests were from their earlier albums, including "Scene Report," "5 Year Plan," "Family Tree," and "Thicker Than Water." Other requests included "Memory Lane," "Faster Than The World," "One Life, One Chance," "Guilty By Association," and some song called "Talk Too Much" that was requested by some old guy they knew from New York.

H2O played another new song in the middle of all the requests, as well as another new one before closing with "Like A Prayer," the only other song from GO! to be requested. Toward the end of the song, the people all along the front row just stormed the stage and rocked out with the band. Toby handed over his mic to some kid and other people jumped up to sing on the other mics and just rock out on stage with the band. It was pure chaos in all its glory.

The only truly disappointing aspect of this show was that H2O played for less than an hour. I would have liked to see them play long enough to honor my request for "Fading," a song I've always wanted to hear live. It seemed like everyone around me was getting their songs played, except me. But I digress. If the new songs were any indication, their next album will be more like GO!, maybe even a bit poppier. In the end, H2O gave everything they had and put on an amazing show, not letting the lack of people discourage them in any way. I would definitely recommend seeing them if you ever get the chance.