dear gawd i swear i have half a mind never to see the inside of the fuckin Cavern ever again. seems like every time i go, it sucks, for one reason or another. Friday night was no exception.
first up was fuckifiknow, 3-man band: guitar, bass, drums. it was supposed to be It's Unamerican to Be Sad, but since the lead said not one. fucking. word to the audience, i really have no idea who the hell they were. no kidding, not ONE WORD. anyways, i didn't like em. very guitar-heavy pop, lead had waaaay too many guitars, vocals seemed to be an afterthought to the guitar playin (which was pretty good, i'll admit). i was completely uninterested in what they were doin. definitely proves the value of an engaging frontman, or at least one who SPEAKS.
next up was the longest fucking sound check in history.
then came Golden Bear, from Austin. 5-man band: 2 guitars, keys, bass, drums. lead vocalist very energetic, jumpin around, maybe a bit too much, as his vocals bit the big one. backup singers seemed to have better voices, IMO. some decent guitar-led power-pop. no real grooves or hooks to be found, tho. didn't really pull me in. third band (Viva L'American Death Ray Music) was a no show. fuckers.