MERCURY LOUNGE, NY — In the hours after LA-based instrumental rock group, Red Sparowes, played their final encore song, “We Stood Transfixed in Blank Devotion as Our Leader Spoke to Us, Looking Down On Our Mute Faces With a Great, Raging, and Unseeing Eye,” ardent fan and savant Dillon Lyle stood clutching his head by the back of the bar, furiously constructing a “mind palace” in a daring attempt to memorize the band’s notoriously wordy set, which spanned five full paragraphs over just nine songs. As seen in BBC’s Sherlock, the “mind palace technique” enhances mental recall by picturing memories as rooms in a vast palace, turning unmanageable data like post-rock song titles into meaningful, visual cues. “I don’t see why it couldn’t be applied to a concert, but I’m not sure why it would be. How long are these songs?” asked cognitive psychologist Dr. Cynthia Reiber of Columbia University, who appeared unfamiliar with the prideful ambition of instrumental rock.
“I remember those days,” reminisced longtime fan Rob Engle after noticing the bulging vein on Dillon’s forehead, a telltale sign he had began work on the east wing. “Back in ’06 I built a whole cathedral for these guys. Pews, candles, altars, sure. Still never managed to nail down that “Finally, as That Blazing Sun Shone Down Upon Us, Did We Know That True Enemy Was the Voice of Blind Idolatry; and Only Then Did We Begin to Think for Ourselves’ one. Man, those were some wild times.”
Lost within the tapestried halls of his mind palace, Dillon remained unable to comment, although sources confirmed that as he neared completion of the servant quarters, Dillon burst into tears after a stagehand suggested the entire concert would “probably be online tomorrow.”