Saturday morning, Jibe drummer Ben Jeffries blew out the radiator in his car. Heís not really sure when heís going to have enough time or money to fix it. His first reaction to the bad luck: "These things happen." He decided, "The most important thing is that the [bandís] van still works. If something was wrong with it, Iíd fix that first."
The van was needed later that evening, after Jeffries and his mates took the stage at Trees in Dallas for their first-ever, all-ages show, playing as part of the 10th annual Buzz ĖOven concert series. The show was the bandís last in Dallas before heading south on I-35 and playing Austinís South by Southwest music and film festival.
The crowd may have been young at the Dallas show and the venue only part full, but singer Joe Grah belted out each and every song on the 17-track set list like he was trying to beat out Jethro Tull for best hard-rock performance at the Grammyís.
And even if the Jibe sound, a fusion of the early 90ís Seattle scene and radio-friendly hard rock, isnít your bag, there is something to be said of the chemistry found between a band whose newest member, Corey Tatro, has already been with the group six years. Jibe gave both teens and veteran rockers their moneyís worth, putting on a performance laced with glam-rock lead-singer screams, crowd surfing, and the all-important birthday salute to the lucky fan, who surfed into the waiting arms of Grah as he met her halfway across the contingent of upraised arms.
|Jibe on stage|
But even as they knew that playing the more popular tunes would lead to more crowd responses and eventual album sales, they stayed true to their reputation as a fanís band, playing a handful of lesser known selections from their 2000 release, "In My Head" and their 1996 self-titled debut for the die-hards. The 10 years of band chemistry shown with each songís performance.
Grah admitted being excited about the trip to Austin, calling it almost a rival of the local Dallas music scene. He is hoping to support the bandís recent radio play on KLBJ with a show as loud, intense and soulful as the one they played Saturday night in Dallas.
To anyone in Austin with a wristband: Donít worry, Jibe will make it. The van is in perfect working condition.