Big Soy will officially call it quits at the end of the month – its last gig is slated for Friday, August 29, at Limelight – and that much was evident as the duo made its penultimate appearance at the Warhol. The show, which started after midnight and closed after 1 a.m., didn’t feature much in the way of a set list. Instead, frontman John Edds solicited requests from the room full of devout Big Soy diehards, some of whom later joined him on stage. One fan told a somewhat in-poor-taste joke about ADD-afflicted kids screwing in a light bulb, or something to that effect – and doused Edds with beer toward the end of the set.
For those who won’t be making it out to the band’s farewell show at Limelight, Big Soy gave fans something to remember in its headlining Warhol gig. Edds and drummer Adam White, who announced the split earlier this month on their MySpace page, tore through a set that included fan favorites like “Some Things Disappear” and “Beautiful.” The performance, which played more like an intimate house party than a venue-booked show, was refreshing, featuring a band that had nothing to lose. After all, with only two shows left on its schedule (though they haven’t ruled out a spring reunion tour), Edds and White are soon to be “the bandmates formerly known as Big Soy.”
Edds, in particular, seemed to realize as much when he looked out upon the adoring crowd of 75 or so and bid farewell – even if it was only midway through the band’s seven-song, 30-minute
“Goodbye,” Edds barked out to the audience, “goodbye forever.”