Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sat Recap: Spell Toronto, Crash Encore, The Silent Comedy, Calico Horse at Casbah

Saturday was a pretty busy day for me so when it was finally time to go out, I was ready to let go. The show at the Casbah was the perfect place to do just that.

I arrived while Calico Horse was already playing, but caught most of their set. They sounded great with Emily behind the keys at times and at other times playing guitar. A couple months ago I got an email from someone in New York who is a publicist and she asked if I'd heard of Calico Horse and said of them "next big thing out of San Diego in my opinion." While I know San Diego is teeming with talent, it's cool that someone across the country is taking note of our music scene and Calico Horse definitely deserves to be noticed.

I was excited to see Crash Encore for the first time as well as Spell Toronto because I love the new album, but the greatest draw for me was seeing The Silent Comedy again. Their apparel makes them look like they should be on HBO's Deadwood while their sound goes perfect with Carnivale, the show that was cancelled a couple seasons back. From the second the band is onstage to the moment they walk off, they are high energy, foot stompin, and crowd pleasing. They switch up instruments frequently, adding keys, mandolin, banjo, trombones, and more.

I had to capture the band live because pics just don't capture enough.

The Silent Comedy "Moonshine"

This song will appear on the band's next EP that they started recording today.

The Silent Comedy "Gasoline"

After their madness, I was there to just hang out. I watched Crash Encore and Spell Toronto for a bit but also spent plenty of time on the patio hanging out with friends. After all, it was a Saturday night and the venue was packed with people.

Spell Toronto sounded great, too. It is definitely noticeable when Jake is doing sound. I only stayed for about half the set as it was getting late.

I decided to head back to Kensington, where I hung out long enough for a couple drinks and a red headed slut, then walked home with Kittyhead, the neigborhood cat following close behind.

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