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Nylon Magazine Tour feat. She Wants Revenge @ Club Soda

Posted by Goran / June 4, 2008

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Perhaps there’s something masochistic about the thought of seeing She Wants Revenge at Club Soda alone on a Monday night. In all honesty, I was intrigued, but I didn’t know exactly what to expect. I was surprised to find the venue decently filled with a nice mix of concertgoers of all ages and styles.

I definitely didn’t expect such a diverse line-up of bands. Having arrived shortly after 8, I had already gone through three very different opening acts by 10. The Nylon Magazine Tour has put together a fine mix of rock groups. The three opening acts put on tightly packed nice-sounding sets of about a half hour a pop.

London, UK based Switches consider themselves ‘powerpop’. They reminded me of an era when pop acts began to recognized Nirvana’s market penetration potential. At times it sounded like EMF or a certain species of Blur’s earlier works with a strong sense of Weezer’s blue album (and perhaps a touch of Pinkerton too).

New York’s the Virgins put on a fine set themselves. They were the Knack Clash-tastic Talking Heads. I quite liked it and highly recommend them. The lead singer was Joe Strummer from head to toe, rolled up sleeves on a tight short-sleeved dress shirt included. However, his live voice was something Strummer could only pull off in the studio with the aid of substantial sound engineering.

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Nashvile thrash rockers Be Your Own Pet contributed with their own version of a half hour of intensity. They must have gone through about thirty fifty second Fugazi-style tracks without pausing to catch a breath. The four-piece seems messy, but that’s their intent. Despite the band’s talented musicianship and mad jumping skills, Jamina’s cocky inconsiderate punk antics take center stage. The bleached blonde screaming lead singer tries to come off as if she was maculately concieved during a wild night at CBGB's in the '80's.

A colourful Obama poster covering the Ampeg bass amp either foreshadowed Hillary’s pending doom (presidential-race-wise) or appeared to be a symbol of change. However, I’m afraid to say that the headliners were more of the same old. I don’t meant to equate them to George W, but I think Rolling Stone got it right when they wrote that She Wants Revenge “Out-Interpols Interpol”. I would add that they also overkill the Killers and and tend to get stuck in Depeche Mode.

Actually, they sounded great. Lead singer Justin Warfield seems to be a pretty interesting character, both musically and generally. They put on a solid performance and the audience generously awarded them with praise after each song. They have some pretty cool songs; ‘Tear You Apart’ seemed to be a crowd pleaser and was likely the highlight of the show. But in my eyes, the highlight was Justin’s sweet lush moustache.

Photo from Flickr user hstoutzenberger

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Jenny / June 9, 2008 at 11:13 pm
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I was hoping this show would suck so I wouldn't feel bad about missing it. I guess I should be upset now. Nice review.
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