I didn't think I knew The Electric Soft Parade, but recognized a few songs. I've mentioned I like going to Anti-Monday League totally green and unfamiliar with the bands if I can. It not only makes it fun to hear new bands and form uncontaminated opinions for myself, but it's fun to see how the Casbah crowd changes depending on the bands playing on any given night. Anyway, they were really good, and just as I was pointing out to Scott the 3 foot "too cool" gap, the singer commented on it and everyone edged forward. I wish I could've captured video, but the main singer was way off to the side and the one light that would've let me even get even a decent bit was out. The sound was refreshingly unwhiny, since I've kinda come to expect with a lot of Brit bands. There was also a lack of unnecessary distortion and it worked for me.
Hey look, there's that annoying girl with the blog is taking pics from all over the room!
Let's be realistic here. A bunch of my friends were around, the bartender was being generous, and I was completely over the shitty mood that had contaminated the greater part of my Monday, so I wasn't exactly analyzing the music. When Goldrush started, I was videotaping and taking some pics, then bouncing back outside, then back in, then back out, but I loved their set and the great thing about the Casbah is that you can listen from outside while shooting the shit. Their sound was a little fuzzier than The Electric Soft Parade but you can tell the bands like each other, and at least have commonalities in their sound (and they're labelmates), because they started their set with tESP onstage with them, in what was, to me, a very Arcade Fire moment.
By the way, at one point we asked this guy how many instruments he plays...it felt like every song he was pulling something else out...strings, horns, you name it. His response was that cowbell doesn't count, so not that many.
After the show, both bands were hanging out with the crowd and the people who stuck around. It occurred to me that it was rapidly approaching 2 am it was time to call it a night. And so I did. And man, did I sleep like a baby.
oh, I forgot to post the setlist for Goldrush.