The Revolver Modele CD Release party was last Saturday night at the Turf Club. If you missed it, then you missed it. Openings bands were Solid Gold and The Deaths.
My father has a saying – “If a woman wears a strong perfume, she’s probably trying to cover something up.” I could make an analogy to bands that turn the volume up too much. The rules of band etiquette state that the opening bands should NEVER be louder than the main act, unless you are opening for Enya.
Solid Gold is a three piece (guitar, guitar, and bass) who play along to a drum loop (similar to the Melodious Owls) and pull off a decent sound of drinking/dancing music that would be well-received at your wedding reception; a mix of boy-rock and pseudo-disco.
The band members were quite shy, and often did not face the audience. It is difficult to “not face the audience” from a thrust stage, especially when there is no drummer to stare at. (Fashion tip: If you are going to have your backside to the audience, and you are going to sag, make sure to wear clean and possibly even interesting underwear, because really, that’s all you’re giving us to look at.)
The songs were good, and the members of Solid Gold are all quite talented, but the songs got boring/repetitive after a bit, they really need to have the rhythm pattern broken up. There is a reason for the bridge in a song.
With less volume, more variety, and a human drummer, Solid Gold would do well.
More than once I have explained The Deaths music as “The Moody Blues as a Garage Band”. These guys were more relaxed than Solid Gold, but seemed less focused, and their performance was not as tight as their the 2005 Voltage: Fashion Amplified show. I would expect more gloomy music from a band called The Deaths. As it is, their music is casual, and non-offensive. They could use a bit of energy on stage, or dancers or props…
Flat out professional showmanship is the phrase I would use. These four are great, and they don’t need much room to get their “stage antics” on. I love the contrast of the absolutely insane lead singer (Ehsan) and guitarist (Mikal) and the completely stoic drummer (Jesse) and bassist (Natasha, AKA: The Nun) While Revolver Modele lyrics are always drowned in syrup, it was truly impossible to make out a single word Ehsan said throughout the show, even when covering New Order’s “Blue Monday”. The mix could have used a touch of EQ to bring out the vocals. These guys really should be national acts. Their performance was awesome, but too short.