Monday night I went to the Casbah for Swim Party, Frightened Rabbits, and Quasi. Unlike usual Mondays in San Diego, there was a lot to choose from around town. Battles were playing at the Epicentre and Final Fantasy was at the Beauty Bar among a few other options. With that in mind, I guess I wasn't too surprised that the Casbah wasn't very crowded. For that, all I can say is that I'm sorry to anyone who wasn't there, because Swim Party absolutely blew the lid off the place. They sounded so clean and so good that my friend and I were trying to figure out how we can get Barsuk to pay attention. I was so into the music, I didn't even pull out my camera and let Natalie go to town. Check her site for those pics in a couple days.
Frightened Rabbit was up next. They're a 3 piece from Scotland and, well, let's face it, what girl isn't just a little groupified by a band with accents? Even more so when that band is so good?
I loved the vocals, and maybe it's because I'm so into the band's countrymen, My Latest Novel, but I was into them from the get go. The whole band was great, but the drummer stole the show. Watching him beat the skins, all the while singing along, and even at one point playing harmonica while he played was nothing short of a spectacle. I try not to turn into groupie fan when watching a band, and no disrespect to his girlfriend, but those faces he made were sex faces...I feel like we all watched him having sex because he was just on another plane than all of us.
Quasi was up last and played a really long set. I found it funny that all three bands of the evening were 3 piece bands. I liked some of Quasi's more melodic songs, but sometimes the dissonant hammering on the keyboard got to me...just not my thing. The room was more crowded that it had been earlier in the night and people were really into Quasi, but it was getting late and I had to go make my contribution to the Leukemia/Lymphoma benefit so I took off a little after 12. Natalie took pics of Quasi, too, so keep a look out for her to post. Tonight I'll be at Black Box and possibly the Casbah too. One great thing about my new job is I start at a normal time: 9 am, and not the 7:30 I was used to at my old job. Hope to see y'all out...