It is supposed to be 70 degrees and sunny here in San Fran in mid December but I see no signs of that. It is gray and cloudy:-( I don’t really mind though because it just gives me an excuse to stay indoors.
I had a great couple of days. On Thursday night I went to go see a show put on by a radio station here (Live 105) at the Mezzanine. I like that club a lot. One of my favorite parties of all time where DJs Derrick Carter, and Mark Farina played and I danced all night was there. But I digress.
The Opening Band “A Silent Film” was actually really good! They might have been my favorite. It sounds like Radiohead and Coldplay are big influences on them (maybe just cuz they’re from England) but they had some interesting chord progressions and the band was pretty tight. (the drummer was amazing!). I couldn’t understand a word he was saying but it didn’t bother me. I’m listening to their stuff right now on Myspace for the first time since the show and it is DEFINITELY reminiscent of Coldplay.
The second Band, I have to be honest, I didn’t really pay attention to because we went upstairs and were talking.
The Third Band, Sleigh Bells, wasn’t really my cup of tea. I had heard of them and was expecting something totally different. It was a guy on guitar, and a girl on headbanging and they danced around to pre-recorded tracks. It seemed like a lot of people were into them but again it just wasn’t my thing. She was definitely fun to watch dance around but I think I prefer seeing people play live.
The Temper Trap was the main attraction and the reason that we went. My boyfriend and I first heard them at Outside Lands Fest and he became mildly obsessed with a few of their songs. When we found out (on thursday) that they were playing that night, I was like “we have to go! you love them!”. So we went. Since my boyfriend has listened to them for a while now, I knew that there were a couple of songs that I liked but mostly he liked them. It remained true for the show too. There is no doubt about it that they are a talented group. I really love the song Fader, and maybe a couple other ones but it wasn’t really mind shattering for me. He has an interesting voice and he’s fun to watch and there are definitely songs that have a great feel to them. I love to see live music and I love to see talented musicians so I’m so happy we went. Their story is an interesting one because I think, and correct me if I’m wrong, they were “discovered” just this year at SXSW and then in August were already playing at the main stage at Outsides Lands. That’s a pretty short and fast trajectory.
So that’s my Music Review. I might hit you with another one tomorrow about my own show at Borders Book store. As always, leave a comment below to tell me what you think, how you feel and anything else you might want to say.
lots of music lovin’,