The singer of one of the opening bands, Star Magnet, joked around saying that he saw Jack and he had to have been at least eight feet tall. Everyone in the audience chuckled and shrugged it off but it all made sense when Jack stepped foot on the stage. Singer Jack Ladder, born Tim Rogers, is truly larger than life. Jack towers over everyone and everything around him. Maybe eight feet is a bit of a stretch but the guy is super tall, almost too tall for the low ceiling of the Seventh Street Entry.
Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders is an Australian band that truly has something unique going for them. Their sound is unlike anything I’ve ever heard. At times their music seems like it’s aiming to be dream pop but within minutes you are starting to wonder if you’re at a synth-glam rock show. The whole set, in the back of your head, you’re wondering if Jack Ladder is actually just Nick Cave in disguise.
Jack’s voice is dark and deep but not depressing. It’s a voice made for National Public Radio because it can easily lull you to sleep but because of the music behind it, it’s nothing short of upbeat and energizing. The music is very dream pop/ synth rock/ glam rock? I honestly don’t quite know how to describe it. It was a mish mash of genres that somehow, someway, all came together to form this strange, interesting and amazing sound.
Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders have released four albums since 2005 and, although they played a bit from each album, they seemed to focus on their newest release Playmates, released last year. I honestly couldn’t really tell the difference between the albums which is a nice thing. I really enjoy it when a band has stayed so true to their style that you can barely notice the ten year time lapse between songs. It’s truly amazing.
Wastrels and Star Magnet opened the show. Both bands are from the Twin Cities and both bands have a lot of potential.
Wastrels is a post-punk/ psychedelic trio that used the crowd last night as “test subjects” for some new songs. The new music was the highlight of their set as it was much more upbeat than some of the older songs that they played. You can find their new music on Spotify and iTunes.
The first band to play was Star Magnet, another trio from right here in the Twin Cities. These guys had a much more country feel to them but still stayed true to the weird post-punk/ psychedelic sound of the night. They didn’t have any song names, rather just “code names”. Star Magnet currently only have a three song demo (available on Bandcamp) that they were handing out for free last night. I only wish the singer was a bit easier to find so I could have gotten one. Guess I’ll have to go see them again… I’m not complaining about that at all.
Venue: 7th Street Entry
Sausage Fest Meter- 5 out of 10
Crowd Surfers- 0
Stage Divers- 0
Broken Bones- None
Overall Score- 6.5 out of 10
Show on Deck- Panther Ray/ The Awful Truth/ J Fernandez