Seeing slow-core master Josh Haden’s band Spain has always been a goal, but a goal that I was fairly resigned to leaving unfulfilled. One day before their show at Jammin’ Java, I happened to check Twitter and saw that they would be performing just over two hours north of me! I had to go!
I bought two tickets for $12 apiece, and got a table that was literally touching the edge of the stage. I couldn’t believe how much I lucked out!
The venue itself was pretty small and intimate, with several eight person tables in front of the stage, each having a few candles.
Opening act The Sea The Sea were terrific, and fit the overall mood of the evening well. Soft, harmony-rich vocals blended perfectly and mixed with the guitar and piano.
I snapped a picture of the setlist that was sitting on the stage so I could see what I should expect. I was totally thrilled with the song selection, and saw that my favorite song (To be a Man) from their newest album was on the list. I actually took the setlist home, and Josh Haden was gracious enough to sign it for me! Bonus points: It has the lyrics to ‘To Be a Man’ on the back!
Love at First Sight
It Could be Heaven
From the Dust
You Were Meant for Me
Every Time I Try
In My Soul
Nobody Has to Know
To be a Man
Ray of Light
Let Your Angel
Another sidenote: I noticed that the bass amp had the ‘Smiley Face’ EQ, something that I always set my amps too, as well. I always thought my P-Bass sounded best with these settings, and from an audience standpoint, it definitely sounded awesome.
ADDITIONAL TRIVIA: I also saw Petra Haden, the sister of the singer, when I saw the Decemberists play in Orlando in 2005, a decade prior to this show!
Anyways, I’m not great at taking pictures, but here’s the rest! The show was amazing, and the band sounded good. Meeting Josh Haden was definitely a cool experience, and I’m so glad I went!