Last night was one of those nights that, because I didn’t research the bands prior to the show, I felt like I had a better time than I would have had I looked up the bands.
The music played last night wasn’t what I typically listen to. The opener was a bit too calm for me and the headliner was a bit too upbeat. I could easily understand all of the lyrics between the two bands and hear all of the instruments. Yeah, not really my thing. That being said, I had a great time and, like usual, walked away with a new band to add to my daily soundtrack.
Grayshot was the only opener on the show last night. These guys were good at what they do… like super good. Their music is more than worthy as an opening slot for a bigger touring act. I could easily see these guys opening for a band like The Fray or Switchfoot with their polished pop sound. Their songs were catchy and their cute lyrics were matched only by the beautiful music that swirled around them.
Apparently these guys used to be a three piece but recently added a keyboardist. I truly don’t think I could imagine these guys without the keys. The music is definitely simple and I know that’s what they’re going for but the keys really just add a little something something that I couldn’t imagine not being there. Because of all of the layers in their music, this calming and very simple sounding music somehow turned into one of the most complicated things for me to understand. It was almost as complicated to understand as why I liked the music so much when it’s so not my scene.
The headliner for last night was A Silent Film from England. These guys grabbed my attention as soon as they ripped the black sheet down that was covering up their epic light-up sign that said the band name. Once the music started, the light show made it impossible for you to ignore what was going on on the stage. Usually I would call this a gimmick and call it annoying because it makes it impossible to get a good picture but last night seemed to be different.
Not only did the lights catch me but watching these guys on stage had me stopped dead in my tracks. Robert, the singer, had a way about him that just commanded your attention. He had an obvious problem with standing still. He was all over that stage and even when he finally committed on one stop, he couldn’t help but dance along to his music. Being someone that had never heard their brand of indie-pop music before, I couldn’t help but start moving around. Watching Robert on stage was nothing short of infectious. He looked like he was having a great time and that’s exactly what I wanted to do too. What was happening? I don’t even like this kind of music!
Their music sounded like The Killers meets Fitz & the Tantrums. It was fun and upbeat but at the same time, had some of the most depressing lyrics about heartbreak. I love it when music can fool you like that. You think you’re listening to some of the best dance music you’ve ever heard but then you start to pay attention to it and realize you are dancing to a guy singing about his heart getting ripped out and stomped on.
Although the crowd that showed up wasn’t huge, it was a fun group. People were talking with strangers, dancing with strangers, drinking with strangers and leaving with new friends.
Had I looked up the bands before I went to the show last night, I probably would have just stayed home. It’s not my scene and that type of music typically doesn’t do much for me.
Like so many other random shows I find myself at, I had an amazing time and now have two new bands to add to my ever-growing playlists.
Venue: 7th Street Entry
Sausage Fest Meter- 4 out of 10
Average Age of the Crowd- 30
Crowd Surfers- 0
Broken Bones- None
Drunkards Taken Out By Security- None
Overall Score- 6.5 out of 10
Show on Deck- Multicult