Fake Problems started off the night and I remember thinking that I'd just witnessed my new favorite band. They reminded me a lot of Low Red Land, driving rock with equal parts punk and country thrown in for good measure. In fact, they reminded me of LRL so much that I text messaged Mark from the show telling him he had to check them out when they made their way to San Francisco a couple days later. He was stoked and said they'd actually played together before so I knew I was on to something good. Before they even finished their set I was on the patio buying their CD so I could get back up front before the mass of people packed the Casbah. And for the record, because I'm a chick, they are cute as hell.
Fake Problems Setlist:
I was already a fan of The Builders And The Butchers, but it was clear that after touring with Port O'Brien, they hit their stride and are comfortable performers owning the stage from the first song to the last. They even took a cue from Port O'Brien by producing a box of pots and pans for everyone to join in for the finale. They even topped it by handing over a huge bass drum that I and two other guys held while someone else beat the shit out of it to the music. It was hard not to get caught up in the hand-clapping goodness of their set. I suspect next time around they'll be headlining their own tour, filling in the indie rock gap left by the breakup of Margot and The Nuclear So and So's.
I absolutely loved the acoustic bass guitar. It was a beautiful instrument and the sound was amazing. Add that to the double drumming in the back and the band really delivered a solid cohesive performance.
The Builders & The Butchers setlist:
Headlining the show was Murder By Death and I'd missed their last couple shows in San Diego. I saw them when they toured on In Bocca Al Lupo which is also the only album I own, so the fact that they played two of their other albums in their entirety from front to back was a little lost on me, but they're just a great band to catch live, albeit a lot lower energy after The Builders & The Butchers. They had some cool visuals that enhanced the overall show. I guess I need to keep up on their catalogue because the show left me wanting more Murder By Death.