I had been looking forward to this show for
quite some time. Both Maserati and Paper Lions are local bands
who i enjoy in concert, so this Friday seemed like a good time
to go out and see them. Unfortunately there were a total of
four acts, with doors at 9 PM. This meant that the first opener
did not start until after 10, and that Maserati took the stage
after 1 AM. That is awfully late to be up following a work day.
I have ranted here before (often i would wager) about the lack
of consideration in show times. Tonight it pissed me off because
i could bartely stay awake by the time Maserati hit the stage,
and wound up leaving halfway through their set. It's a damned
shame really, but let's just move on.
The first opener tonight was a polyethnic three-piece from
California with the confusing name From Monument to Masses.
They had a drummer, a guitarist, and a guy playing 5-string
bass and running some electronics. He was, quite simply, an
Both he and the guitarist harmonized the vocals, which meant
that they both stood about a foot back from their mics and yelled
at the same time. It gave sort of Rizzudo
feel in the singing department. The music, however, was complex
harder math rock that at times reminded me of Hum, Fridge,
June of 44, and Van Halen. (Yes, Van Halen. I swear the guitarist
stole a lick or two from Eddie, and that is a good thing in
this context, really.) Overall i really enjoyed their energetic
set. A fun band.
The next band was not so fun. Or energetic. They went by the
enigmatic name Party of Helicopters, and were a metal band.
I dunno if this was supposed to be "ironic" or something, but
their music reminded me of the heavy tripe that D.R.I. released
after Crossover. Ugh.
They were a four-piece band, with an honest to goodness lead
singer. People who only sing are something that you just don't
see very much anymore. I guess you have to be pretty serious
about your sining if you really want to focus on it that much
and not even play rhythm guitar or anything. Which is wierd,
because the singer here was often off-key, and he looked akward
standing up there with nothing to do.
The most redeeming thing about this band was the guitarist,
who didn't do anything musically to wow me, but he did have
real Heavy metal hair. And he slung that long stringy hair around
while he played, really getting into it. Overall, though, Party
of Helicopters annoyed me. They could easily have been cut from
the bill to shave 45 minutes off of the time.
After that nightmare Paper Lions took the stage. Paper Lions
are more of a post-punk band. I have heard them compared to
Gang of Four, but in all honesty i am not too familiar with
Gang of Four, so i dunno how accurate that comparison is. Mostly
they create a wall of tebly guitar with tight rhythms. They
played another excellent set tonight, and included that punk
cover that they played opening
for The Fall. I still have no idea what the song is, but
i know that i know it. Wierd. Anyway, Paper Lions are a very
good live band. Go see them if you get the chance.
Finally, around 1:30 AM, headliners Maserati took the stage.
This was to be the last night for one of their guitarists, who
is leaving to go to grad school. (He must've moonlighted with
Moreland Audio!) Maserati
are a post-rock band from the Tristeza
school of thinking. They play amazingly complex guitar parts
that build and build. It is very enjoyable to see, and the guitarists
are interesting to watch. I wish i had caught the name of the
guitarist who is leaving, for he will be missed.
Anyway, i really enjoyed the half of their set that i saw,
but i just couldn't keep my eyes open. The music is so complex
and lovely that i really wanted to close my eyes and drift off
to sleep, letting their complicated wanderings guide my dreams....
Of course, that would probably piss off the staff at The Echo,
and the last thing i want to do is get the surly tatooed door
guy mad at me. So i headed home before i really fell asleep.
Overall, this was a decent night. I saw two and a half good
sets, but the overall score for the night was brought down by
that awful middle band and the incredibly late hour.