|The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower / Mika Miko
October 13, 2006 - The Smell - Los Angeles, CA
by Ashley Graham
Iíve only before experienced one ďfarewellĒ tour. It was 2000 and it was KISS. The night felt monumental, important, something for the history books. Then I saw them again in 2002. The excitement was, for all intents and purposes, a bit killed.
Now itís 2006 and Iím standing inside The Smell, about to witness The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Towerís final show in LAÖ ever. Iíve just talked to them, theyíre serious about this. This rings true. I think itís over. And theyíll be missed.
The Plot puts on a live show that puts most to shame. Itís punk, itís ballsy, edge-of-your-seat, inescapable punk, and itís phenomenal. This energy is lacking in nearly every live show you hit up in any scene. This is San Diegoís punk offerings at their best. This is punk at itís best. This is music at itís best. This band is a band with something to offer, and seeing them go is pretty much as close to devastation as music can offer.
Promise for the future is shown in the rag-tag lineup that precedes the Plot. Most important is Mika Miko, a five piece out of LA that bops, screams and smiles through songs that make the crowd go wild. One of two lead singers wails into a red telephone! And theyíre all girls! And they donít suck. It can feel a little like those earliest Le Tigre tunes, but itís not aged, and is therefore fresh, vibrant and oh-so-worthy of notice.
Be sure to catch The Plot for the last time by hitting up one of their upcoming dates: www.myspace.com/theplottoblowuptheeiffeltower, and watch out for Mika Miko, www.myspace.com/mikamiko.