When They Might Be Giants started playing “Man, It’s So Loud In Here” off their album, “Mink Car,” my dad leaned toward me and yelled, “I love this one!”
It was his first time seeing TMBG perform since he took my mom to one of their shows in 1992. This was my first time seeing them ever, and I couldn't believe that the band I’d been jamming out to since I first heard their album “No!” as a kid was standing on stage in front of me.
On Thursday night, TMBG played a sold-out show at Cat’s Cradle on the second stop of their 2018 tour. Their twentieth studio album, “I Like Fun,” dropped at midnight that night, eight minutes after the end of the show.
Even if you haven’t heard of They Might Be Giants, you’ve probably heard them. Ever seen an episode of “Malcolm In The Middle”? That’s them in the theme song. Ever watched “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart/Trevor Noah”? Again, that’s them in the theme song. TMBG’s brand of absurdist alt-rock has been going strong for over three decades, and it’s even more fun to hear live.
Throughout the concert, audience members kept calling out requests. At one point, frontman John Linnell asked everyone what they wanted to hear, and we all shouted out our favorite TMBG hits. “Alright, here’s Ahehbrhdushel,” Linnell joked in response before the band started playing “When The Lights Come On” from their new album.