After The Hush, thatwasthen set up their instruments to play their first West Coast show since their return from their East Coast live debut. They drew a warm crowd of friends and family for this relatively small show; however, the size of the crowd didn’t match the size of their music. The five boys brought their usual charm and charisma to the small stage and made the wood walls shake. They played a tasty new song (I didn’t catch the title) full of plays on volume and pace that dangled a vibrant chorus before many eager ears. The only problem with this fresh, Foo-Fighter-y feel was it made some of their other songs sound the same by comparison. That’s my only knock so far on thatwasthen—their music can get a little repetitive when it comes to song structure. They’ll often play similar notes and melodies, only varying pace, tempo and lyric. Granted, this is subtle enough not to detract from the quality of the music and is certainly a catchy formula, but after listening to them long enough and seeing them live a few times, this critique sneaks into the back of my mind. Regardless, the guys are still killer and obviously talented with enough personality and heart to fill stadiums (again, Ke$ha, I don’t understand…). By then end of the show, I caught myself smiling at the songs, the band’s interaction, and the feel of the night—I think it’s safe to say that thatwasthen has yet to disappoint me (let’s also just say that I will be proudly wearing my new thatwasthen t-shirt).