It was nice to be at a Tuesday night show that had a great crowd...full but not too full, and ready to get their groove on. The show started with Honeycut, an indie band with quite a lot of soul. Bart sings in a high register and dances his but off in his quasi-bell bottoms getting the crowd to feed off his energy.
I loved them and I'm a little bummed because my sister and I are doing a day trip to San Francisco next week, where Bart will be playing a solo show, but we'll be at the airport as they get started. May be worth making it an overnight trip, but my sis can't be away from Johanna that long (and understandably).
Next up was Foreign Born. They're signed to Dim Mak records and sounded great. I feel lucky we got to see them because they had to cancel the show tonight at the Echo due to some mix up.
Here's from their press release:
Their sound is a dark, acoustic, psychedelic mixture of influences that range from Roy Orbison and John Lennon to the Fall, Primal Scream, Jesus & Mary Chain and Brian Eno; the varying tastes and backgrounds of the individual members informing their arrangements. Guitarist Pesacov’s formal education keeps the compositions tight and strongly constructed, while singer Matt Popieluch tends to do quite the opposite, with winning results. Although it is usually Matt and Lewis who come up with the songs’ foundations, bassist Ariel Rechtshaid and drummer Garrett Ray play an equally important role in shaping the songs’ structure and arrangement.PR talk aside, the band rocked it.
After their set, they hung out on the smoking patio and were really nice guys and hooked me up with a CD. The lights throughout the first two sets were so low, that I took a bunch of out of frame pics, just trying to get someone within the frame, and of course I was flashing like a jackass, but when I apologized for that, both Honeycut and Foreign Born were truly gracious and just happy someone cared enough to wanna take pics.
Had the show ended there, I would've felt like my night was complete and I'd just witnessed a great show. But then came the headliner, Datarock, and my night went from excellent to off the charts. The crowd was going nutso and it was a full on Casbah dance party.
At one point in the set, the band started pulling chicks onstage to dance, and there was just dance mayhem. While electro dance isn't usually my thing, to see a full band playing their asses off made for a great show. I just wanna know how I can get my hands on one of those warmup suits.