So I made an epic discovery last week.
I have found the world’s first and only time machine.
While I might be tempted to see if Jesus was a cool dude, my first setting on the dial is July 31, 2004. Why a random day from my 14th year? That, my friends, is Dispatch’s last concert ever. It wasn’t until a few years after that summer day that I first heard of Dispatch.
And that is when I started compiling the Time Machine List.
I have this Time Machine List running in my head. It’s a list of bands I would to have loved to see play, either when they were still together or at a different time in their musical career. The List ranges from bands that broke up recently, before I “discovered” them – like Dispatch, to bands that were gone long before I got here – like the Grateful Dead, to bands I believe hit their prime long before I found them – like Taking Back Sunday (think TBS circa 2002, the Tell All Your Friends era), to Beethoven.
Bands that recently broke up before I ever had a chance to see them live are at the very top of the List. Discovering them, and then discovering they broke up a mere few years ago blows. Like listening to the Beatles, you know that you never had a chance. You were negative years old, not even thought up yet, when they were touring. But someone like Dispatch? Damn, they are on the Time Machine List in a major way. (more…)