Friday, December 21, 2007

12/20/07 - Matthew and the Arrogant Sea, Florene, Backflap, Scarily Terrible/Verulf (RGRS)

had to get in one last show before a short hiatus, so i headed out to rubber gloves on a thursday night.

missed a childlike fear. i'd seen them before, and i just wasn't motivated enough to make it there in time.

second was Scarily Terrible. or Verulf. i'm not really sure, since they never said. lots of people on stage - 2 guitars, drummer, keys, and two dudes sitting on the stage, alternately tweakin knobs on their machines and runnin out the back door in the middle of songs to do gawd knows what. played i think 2 songs. seemed like the geetar player played the same refrain over and over for the length of the 10-minute long songs, and the others embellished around that. no vocals, per se, just ahhs and oohs. twas aight.

next up was backflap. 4-man - guitar, bass, keys, drummer. keyboard chick in distractingly tight jeans. really unconventional, totally infectious songs. loved the bizarre song structures. totally appreciate the creativity. heard some primus influence. drummer did excellent job of keepin it all together. had a song about a cow, and one about a lesbian who hates weiners, i think. great set. really dug it. would love to see again.

florene - seen these guys before. 2-man, tons of keys and macs, definite panda bear/AC vibe. good stuff. like what the geetar added. played 3 or 4 long songs.

Matthew and the Arrogant Sea - 3rd time to see these guys (see previous reports here and here). startin to learn the set - love "you still love me blondie" and "i'm no snake". didnt like the 3rd song, a really slow instrumental that he acknowledged was a cock-tease. anyways, besides that, it was another enjoyable (tho short) set. i'm always amazed when bands play with such great energy and passion when there are only 5 people in the audience. gawd bless em for that.

froze my ass off in there again. why is there a ceiling fan goin 90 miles an hour when it's 45 degrees outside?

overall, a good night - will definitely help tide me over until i can venture out again...

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