The Movielife in Music City
The Movielife’s current tour with support from Travis Shettel of Piebald stopped at The End in Nashville on March 24. On this tour, The Movielife are performing both Forty Hour Train Back to Penn and Has A Gambling Problem in their entirety, with the former having been released in 2003 and the latter having been released in 2001. The End makes for an intimate performance, and we were excited to see how the night would go as fans trickled into the tiny venue.
Travis Shettel, vocalist / guitarist of Piebald, opened up the show with a solo performance. While fans of the alternative rock scene may be used to seeing Shettel fronting a full band, it was a nice change to catch a more laid back set. While he included hits like “American Hearts” (who doesn’t love finger pointing while chanting “Hey! You’re part of it”?) he threw in a cover of Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” which was met with a raucous chorus from the crowd.
Anticipation was running high for us as The Movielife took the small stage at The End. For this tour, Travis Shettel is filling in for The Movielife’s lead guitarist, Brandon Reilly - he learned all the songs right before filling in!
Caruana joked about how the band just got done with a run of shows in the north east where they’re famous, as they’re from New York. Having been a band during a pivotal point of New York’s music scene in the late 90’s / early 2000’s, their hometown will always show love. He also shared that the Nashville show broke the pattern of fights breaking out during “Kelly Song.” Really - “Kelly Song”?! Come on now.
It’s interesting to see how a band evolves over time, and to see The Movielife perform material that was originally written when they were in their mid-late teens was bittersweet. Things change and life goes on - those straightedge songs don’t stick (Caruana was enjoying a beer on stage), and that relationship that you wrote about then is hard to remember now. But the community, the friends, and the memories live on.
The energy from the crowd was hard to read — while fans packed the tiny venue, hardly anyone was moving to the music. Don’t get us wrong, people were enjoying the show — we just expected them to be going wild for this. The Movielife had no problem jumping around the stage and putting their all into the performance — they’ve still got it 22 years later. As for the crowd, perhaps punk’s not dead, it’s just past its bedtime.