With all of my traveling lately, I hadn’t seen CoolMom in about two weeks. Over the last few months, my efforts to see Thanks, the project of River City Extension’s John Muccino and Mike Costaney, had all ended in failure. Then I saw that Thanks were playing Asbury Park’s Berkeley Bar with Accidental Seabirds on Friday night, and I had an excuse for a night out.
Bob Golden of Syracuse, NY opened with a seated, acoustic set, after which CoolMom maneuvered us over to the small couch at the side of The Berkeley stage. She likes to sit.
Accidental Seabirds were excellent, as usual. They played some new songs and invited guests like Brick + Mortar’s John Tacon and Bird Bath’s John Gilman to the stage to perform with them. And this was to be just the first of two sets bookending the set by Thanks.
Given a “courtly” introduction by their River City Extension bandmate, Joe Michelini, Thanks took the stage with Costaney on drums and Muccino on keys instead of the guitar he usually plays with River City Extension. With Muccino channeling equal parts Fiona Apple and Built To Spill’s Doug Martsch, and with Costaney providing some ever-so-subtle percussion, Thanks played through a set of both originals, like “Colder Side”, “Greenery,” and “Spider”, and covers, including Radiohead’s “My Iron Lung” and Bob Marley’s “Is This Love.” It was a fun set with each Muccino post-song “Thank you” receiving a shouted “Thanks!!” from Michelini who was sitting front and center.
Sadly, CoolMom and I had to leave to relieve our babysitter before Accidental Seabirds’ second set, but we’d already had a great time. The next time there’s a chance to see Thanks, try to get yourself there. Trust me. You’ll thank yourself.