Trivia: Name two bands from Scotland that won't be coming back to San Diego again anytime soon?
Last night a group of guys from Scotland decended upon San Diego and the crowd to see them was pathetically slim. A band gets a high score by Pitchfork Media thus they must be written off by all the cool kids? I don't know. Regardless, I was there.
The Northern Chorus, at least on tour, play with 6 members onstage. They're from Canada, "about 2 hours out of Buffalo" I heard one of the chicks say. They alternated vocals between two of the guys and the girl on cello. I'm big on strings and the arrangements of cello and violin were stunning. It was also cool to see the guitarist play his instrument with a bow for a song. I took some pics but listened to the band mostly from outside because it was pretty loud, mostly from the lack of bodies to absorb the noise. I would love to hear this band again.
I'm probably being a gossip monger, but the violinist from A Northern Chorus was awfully affectionate with the singer of The Twilight Sad. Cute, but across the pond can never work, can it? Just a tour fling? Whatever.
The Twilight Sad really impressed me, though I wanted more. Don't get me wrong, they were really good, and that distinct accent in itself sounds cool, and to me it brought to mind James or some material from Trash Can Sinatras, but I could've actually listened to the vocal turned up a whole lot. I wanted the singer to go nuts and belt his shit out. I would say maybe next time, but I think they'll just pass our town by in the future, like so many good bands do, because we don't prove to be worth the stop. What can you do? I had a few MP3s before but picked up the CD last night and it's the proper level of belting out for me. So I guess I have that...
This song was rad...the singer would bash the shit out of the drummers cymbal. That's the passion I wanted throughout the show...
Aerogramme was last and were just the right level of loud for me with constant cymbal crashing, pretty melodies over layered guitars and keys. I stayed up front as long as I could, but I was crashing quick, so I left while they were still playing, though I can't imagine they played much later. As I said, the thin crowd probably guarantees that the band will not be coming around again anytime soon, but hopefully that is not the case. Scottish shoegaze is so dreamy.
Despite being tired as all hell, I stopped at the Ken Club for a drink and as I sucked it down and listened to karaoke, I wondered what I was doing there and went home. I have a well deserved nap ahead of me...see you at the Sports Club tonight.