Gleeful applause met the first few notes of each song. Fans shouted along uproariously during the a capella breakdown of "Deadship, Darkship," a ragged chorus of "in your eyes" hurled to the ceiling. Eric Roehrig's sandpapery yet melodic croak struck a counterpoint to Matt Oberst's smoother intonation on "Butterflies."
Many video games feature a maneuver called the "double jump," wherein your pixilated hero can leap off the apogee of an initial jump as if it were a solid platform. SAD bassist Matt Tomich is the only person I know who can do this in real life.
Last week, the Independent alluded to rumors that this would be Sorry About Dresden's final show. I guess there's not much difference between a kiss goodbye and a kiss hello, because it was actually a triumphant return. According to drummer James Hepler, Dresden came out of semi-retirement simply because they wanted to play with the Wedding Present, an important formative influence and because Tomich is preparing to move abroad for a new job. While nothing's written in stone, Hepler says the band hopes to record an EP in the imminent future, an EP which--given the excited and respectably-sized crowd Dresden managed to draw on a UNC-Duke basketball night--should find plenty of grateful ears.