Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The Rakes, Every Move A Picture @ The Troubadour


I have been a bad music nerd this year. I have missed the boat on many artists mainly because I didn't have the time to research and download and listen like I have in the past. Sometimes, this is a big regret. Other times, not so much. Adam was in town and he got tickets to see The Rakes and Every Move A Picture last night at the Troubadour.

I had heard a total of one song by both bands combined. I did know that both were involved in the British post-punk scene and The Rakes wear their influences proudly on their sleeves. I just thought they weren't good. All of the songs sound exactly the same. The lead singer of the Rakes doesn't so much sing, but rather talk over great bassline and guitar riffs. I couldn't hear anything they were singing and I don't know if that was because of his thick accent or because the sound at the Troubadour sucks.

The lead singer also tries to be a really great frontman. I love a great frontman, but there is a fineline between entertaining and just looking stupid and he was flirting with the latter.

Don't get me wrong. Many people there left saying it was an amazing show. I was just not one of them. I have heard that the album is more reflective of their brilliance. I am not that pumped to check it out.

The true highlight of the show for me was seeing Average Joe 2 star David Daskal in the audience rocking out to both bands. Now that guy knows how to have a good time.


Anonymous Gabrielle said...

I have to say it's more likely that the bands sucked rather than the sound at the Troubadour. I've been fortunate enough to witness a handful of shows there, and it remains one of my very favorite venues as far as sound goes. I've seen a few particularly excruciating bands there, too. If it's bad, it's going to sound bad no matter where you are, in my experience.

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