|Magneta Lane 2013 Tour Poster|
The weekend before I was planning to go visit my friend Mike Wamser in L.A., there was a music festival in San Diego called IndieFest. I found out about it because of a Facebook post from the band Magneta Lane.
I saw Magneta Lane for the first time at the Mercury Lounge in the East Village in New York City in 2006 or 2007. I took my then-Victor-Bravo-bandmate Dan, his girlfriend Isabelle, and my then-girlfriend-now-ex-girlfriend Marcella to see Silversun Pickups. They were a band from L.A. I had discovered and seen play an amazing set at the CMJ Music Marathon in NYC the year before. Now they were playing NYC again, and I was super-psyched to see them, and introduce my friend to them.
I had never heard of Magneta Lane, and had no idea that they would be opening for Silversun Pickups. They were a 3-woman indie/punk rock band from Toronto, and they blew the doors off the Mercury Lounge. Silversun Pickups were also amazing that night, I should say. I remember seeing Lexi, the singer/guitarist for Magneta Lane, loading her guitar case into the back of some car - I think it might have been a Subaru - after the show. Isabelle went up to her and gushed at how fantastic their set had been. Pretty sure I wanted to say something similar, and either said nothing, or said something like "Yeah, it was great!"
I promptly bought both of the CD's Magneta Lane had released up to that point, Dancing with Daggers and The Constant Lover. I fell in love with every single track and played them incessantly. I was so excited to see them live again. I followed them, first on MySpace and then on Facebook and Twitter. And they never set foot in the United States again.
I would see posts for Magneta Lane show after Magneta Lane show...in Canada. Year after year went by. Eventually, I just resigned myself to the fact that I was probably going to have to save up some money and take a vacation trip to Toronto someday just to see my second Magneta Lane show.
Then suddenly, and seemingly out of nowhere, I saw a poster for an upcoming Magneta Lane tour posted with dates and cities. To my shock and astonishment, two cities on the list popped out: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA. LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA. WATTTTTT???? I could not contain myself. I was going to get to see not ONE, but TWO Magneta Lane shows in ONE WEEK?? After not seeing ANY shows for 6 or 7 YEARS??? HOLY S@#*!!!!
To be continued in Part 3! Thanks so much for visiting my page and reading!!