I’m sure that everyone has realized by now that I have very strong feelings of affection toward Chicago’s Drmanhattan. So when I was told that the band was breaking up this past October, my heart broke a little bit. However, then I heard that they were going to be playing one final show in Chicago, I pretty much immediately knew that I had to be there.
Drmanhattan’s final show at Chicago’s Beat Kitchen on December 23rd was probably the best I have ever seen them perform. The guys opened the show with the first track off they’re album Jam Dreams, “Electraumatized”. The entire crowd immediately went insane. Throughout the entire show there was not one person standing still and that’s exactly how a Drmanhattan show should be, in my opinion.
As the show continued, the guys played songs from both of their full length albums, and even some songs that were not on either album. Regardless of what they played, the crowd got crazy. My night was made when they started playing songs from their self titled first album. I had been waiting all night to hear my favorite song, “Gunpowder: A Ballet”, and when I finally heard it live for the first time in almost three years, my mind was blown. It sounded just as amazing live as it does on the album and I was beyond thrilled to have heard it this one last time.
Although Drmanhattan has decided to call it quits, I know that they will not be forgotten. The memories I have involving this band are some of the best that I can recall. Drmanhattan will be missed, but they definitely went out on a great note. I honestly do not think that anyone who attended their final show could have possibly left disappointed. So to Drmanhattan, one of my favorite bands and a group that has brought me new friends and some of the best nights of my life I would just like to say thanks for all the good times, boys. I hope that the 23rd was not the last time I will be able to do The Noodle Dance in a crowded room, act like a zombie for the end of “Biscuits and Groovy”, or wake up for work the next morning exhausted from dancing my butt off until 3am. Regardless of if there is ever a Drmanhattan reunion, these boys will always be one of my favorite bands of all time.