Earlier this year, I went to see Ok Go in concert. I wasn't all too keen on going but my friend-turned-roommate was interested in seeing the band so I figured why not? At the very least, it would be a cool trip down memory lane as the venue they were playing at was the same venue I'd seen them at seven years prior when they were on the road opening for Phantom Planet. (My how times have changed, am I right?)
In the time between then and now, as ya'll probably know, Ok Go got the budget to match their offbeat ideas and their live show converted me from someone who thought Ok Go was just okay to quite the impressed fan of Damien Kulash and his three former Chicagoan bandmates. I mean, how could I not be? Their live show featured theatrics including (but not limited to): Confetti, hand bells, fuzzy guitars, more confetti, light up suit jackets, and more confetti.
What surprised me the most, however, was the moment that Ok Go ditched the kitsch factor. About midway through the set, Kulash and his acoustic guitar wandered into the audience, where he performed an earnest, heartfelt number called "Last Leaf".
Now, the band has released a video for "Last Leaf". While the clip is subdued by the standards Ok Go have set for themselves in the past, it still lays the quirk on pretty thick, despite the physical absence of the band. I will tell you this, though: Toast has never looked so good.