Kyle Krone and Chris Wulff of local San Clemente band, The Shys, will be playing an acoustic set this Saturday night at Cafe Mimosa in their hometown. Acoustic sets are the best. They're kind of like dating. You meet someone with your friends in a big group setting. They're cute, they're funny, they wear great shoes (shoes say a lot about a person you know). You kind of flirt a little, test the waters to see if they're interested, make some googly eyes, but you can't really get that close because unwritten social rules require that you acknowledge the existence of the other 10 people in the group. But then you secure the date. It's nothing but you and them - and the intermittent waiter - for anywhere from 2-5 hours (depending on your success), up close and personal with nothing but yourself to recommend you. This is where the rubber meets the road. It's a thumbs up or a thumbs down. Same scenario with the acoustic set. You see a band. They're fun, they're exciting, it's love at first sight. But can they connect on a deeper level? Do they have commitment issues? Do they come with baggage? The acoustic set is the first date where you get to fish for this information. The rip roaring growls, gritty electric guitars, driving drum beats, and psychedelic organ that characterize The Shys as a whole will all be left behind, and all that will remain is a guitar and a voice, and you. So rummage through your closet for that hot-but-not-trying-too-hard outfit, brush those pearly whites (dating 101: bad breath is a turn-off), give yourself a good once over in the mirror, and head over to Cafe Mimosa tomorrow night!
on my iPod: The Beatles' Something