|#340 Mates Of State, The Gossip, Panther, Maria Taylor
||[Apr. 5th, 2006|04:50 pm]
Fri 3/24, $12, Starlight Ballroom. Beth. 730p|
FIRST BAND: Panther
LOOKED: Hipster/Slacker dude with a microphone & tape deck. Marshall from Undeclared. He had lots of free time to dance around the stage & the ground, where he was no longer visable.
SOUNDED: Prince singing through a Beck distortion device. Marshall from Undeclared. Cheezy beats and music synthesized behind his trying falsetto lyrics. Hipster Hop indie electronic.
OTHER: Being enveloped in the TV show Undeclared, we associated him with the Marshall Character, in his do it all yourself presentation. Although he only sang, he has all the confidence that his music is really grand. But it was not.
SECOND BAND: Maria Taylor
LOOKED: 5-6 people, nothing special, mostly women on bass, keyboards and guitar/singing. There was another guy guitarist hidden behind the keyboard player from my view. And the bass player looked familiar to Beth, like from Jr High, but she turned out to be just a bass player from another band.
SOUNDED: Boring. Everything was ok, ok voice, and ok music, but they did not over lap that excitingly. Even their hardest rocking bits were light and fluffy and of no recall. Nothing about them stuck, nothing was memorable, nothing was exciting.
OTHER: We just waited for them to be over. They are part of the emo-based lable: Saddle Creek, home to the non-exciting Bright Eyes, and other bands, of which most of these musicians were probably part of.
THIRD BAND: The Gossip
LOOKED: 3 people. Butch looking drummer, scrawny, but tattooed & spiky hair w/ tank top on. Bass/guitarist duty switcher: dude with unshaven bad 90’s skater comb over cut. Looked somewhat mopey but confident. The Singer short, large woman, pudgy, yet cute. She bounced around the stage with all of the energy of flubber: she continued to gain energy as she sang through the songs. She danced so rhythmically and excitedly, that she was usually out of breath by the time the song was over.
SOUNDED: Dance punk style with great female vocals, sometimes screaming, sometimes very soulful, sometimes angry, sometimes sincere, but always amazing and intense. The guitar and bass would switch depending upon the song. But there was never both.
OTHER: This band was friggin awesome. Completely the highlight of the night, by far. Everything about them was awesome. The singer is a rock star, with the appropriate rock star mentality: to have fun, be honest/yourself, educate your fans, and give 110% for every song. She has such magnetism, such a draw, that you had to listen and believe in her. And her voice was very different than anything out there. So soulful and powerful at different times, and very meaningful. Even when she would scream, it was not harsh or unlistenable, it was calculated and compact. She would change back to her singing voice with such ease. She advocated that every girl go home tonight and start up a band. Proclaiming homosexuality, she seemed to give refuge and remind everybody that it was not just ok to be gay, that it was down right respectable and honorable. They gave props to the opening acts, saying how great Panther was, and how they would be off the stage soon so that Mates of State could come out. From their first song, to the last song (Listen up!) they had us dancing and were one of the most entertaining and addictive bands out there.
MAIN ACT: Mates Of State
LOOKED: Same as always. Kori surrounded by keyboards on stage right, and Jason on drums stage left.
SOUNDED: Not so good. Kori’s voice was not feeling well, and she often made it Mates of State Karaoke, inviting up kids who knew their songs to sing. Usually girls to sing the girls part, but a guy went up to sing Starman, but it was clear that he did not know the words. Often the Karaoke kids sounded muddled and out of tune, if they even knew her words.
OTHER: It was just not that good. The songs seemed long, drawn out and repetitive. What they do, they do well: two part, girl guy harmonies, with overlapping vocal sections. But every song seems to be the same recipe, and even if they are very good at it, it got boring. The highlight was Fluke, that is just a fantastic song, with each section better than the last, but other than that, it was not good. Even when they played A Duel Will Settle This, it was just boring, and we waited for them to be done. They played Ha Ha, which is a good song too, with a good carnival section. When they were done, we went to the back, so we could leave right away. They came on for an encore, and played a song that sounded exactly like a Belle & Sebastian. I later learned that it was a cover of a Nico song, so it seems Belle & Sebastian ripped her off instead. I bought the gossip album on vinyl for $10, and we left as soon as Mates of States walked off stage.