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The Promise Ring @ Metro on 2/25/2012
The Promise Ring

"Man, I'm getting too young for this," joked The Promise Ring singer/guitarist Davey von Bohlen about halfway through their sold-out Metro show on Saturday [February 25]. Later he asked the audience to "Just keep yelling, I'll keep breathing." But without his calling it out, their music did not reflect that seven years had passed since The Promise Ring last graced Metro's stage during Flower Booking's 15th anniversary and 10 years since the band was active.

There was energy and passion all night long - from their more recent material such as the contemplative "Become One Anything One Time" to the poppy could've-been-a-radio-hit fare of "Emergency! Emergency!" to the deeper cut of the percolating "Red Paint." Encore song "Everywhere in Denver" was delivered with such fervor it sounded just at the brink of falling apart. "Stop Playing Guitar" got an audience-wide singing assist while von Bohlen zipped around the stage.

The pleading "A Picture Postcard" and "Make Me A Mix Tape" recalled that crushed-out ache that seems to cease existence post-college. So there was, too, a sense of nostalgia, but the songs remain fresh. And that spoke volumes to The Promise Ring's songwriting. [Chicago Tribune]

Did you catch their Chicago-reunion show? The Hood Internet did. A full set of pictures, including shots of openers Joan of Arc, and their Metro setlist, below.

TPR frontman Davey von Bohlen and drummer Dan Dieder's other band, Maritime, headline the bottle TONIGHT with support from Panoramic & True and The Minor Leagues. Advance tickets are still available.

As mentioned, Joan of Arc are releasing a live score of well.. Joan of Arc on April 10 via Joyful Noise. More information on that HERE.

More pictures and the setlist from The Promise Ring's Chicago-reunion show, below..


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The Promise Ring - 2/25 Metro Setlist:
SIZE OF YOUR LIFE
HAPPINESS IS ALL THE RAGE
EMERGENCY! EMERGENCY
JERSEY SHORE
NOTHING FEELS GOOD
IS THIS THING ON?
PERFECT LINES
B IS FOR BETHLEHEM
BECOME ONE ANYTHING ONE TIME
SKIPS A BEAT (OVER YOU)
THE DEEP SOUTH
STOP PLAYING GUITAR
RED AND BLUE JEANS
MAKE ME A MIXTAPE
A PICTURE POSTCARD
E. TEXAS AVE.
TELL EVERYONE WE'RE DEAD
MY LIFE IS AT HOME
GET ON THE FLOOR
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FEED THE NIGHT
WHY DID EVER WE MEET
RED PAINT
EVERYWHERE IN DENVER
FORGET ME
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