Monday, January 30, 2006
Local Music Night @ 9:30
As for the bands...Nethers took me a bit by surprise. They've got a definite Velvet Underground kind of thing going. A thumpy-droney-darkly psychedelic-jammy thing. Completely different sound from The Carlsonics. Fantastic. The singer's sweet voice on top of the fairly simple music, which would eventually devolve into this droning noise-fest. Love. It. Can't wait to see them again. (FYI - You can stream their whole album from a link on their website.)
Cedars was easily the best band of the night. They just get better and better every time I see them. They're branching out a lot from the sound from their EP. They're rocking a little harder and sounding a little tighter. Good to see them on a bigger stage with a light show and everything.
Bicycle Thieves...well....they just don't do it for me. I seem to be in the minority here though. Everyone else seems to dig 'em. I just hear by-the-numbers indie pop. They're very good at it, but it's just not my thing. I found myself bored by the time they were done. Frankly, I thought their cover of "Radio Radio" was a total drag. They sounded as bored as I felt. Why bother? I picked up their EP anyway, and it doesn't really change my mind. "Loser of the Year" is a good song, but the rest of the EP doesn't live up to that one, in my opinion. Still, if they can pack the 9:30 Club for an all-local gig, I'm all for 'em. Keep it up.
At first I was bummed that I forgot my camera, but I saw that he was there snapping away, so I figured any pics I would take would be sub-par anyway. I was correct.
Kudos to 9:30 for supporting local bands again.
Bicycle Thieves - Encore
Cedars - Mercury
Nethers - Breastfeathers