I suppose I shouldn't be surprised when the crowd for a live show starts out kinda thin and then builds as it gets closer to the time when the headliners take the stage. I still am, though. Why would people not want to see opening acts? If you're paying good money for a show, why would you not see the whole thing? It makes me think of back in the day when folks would just walk into a theater during the middle of a film. Of course, I imagine that some folks have to do stuff that I should (in theory) do too (i.e. work and earn money).
Anyway, enough ranting. On with the show!
First up on Wednesday night was Art Fad. Now I know why everybody's so crazy about this guitar-and-drums duo from Caldwell. With their maniacal drumming, tsunami-like guitar riffs, poppy tunes and arty noise, they sounded like a hallucination of a Ramones or Agent Orange concert. While they played fast enough to satisfy the most ADD-addled hardcore fan, they managed to work enough of a groove into their music to render it danceable. My only quibbles are that I could've used a lyric sheet and that I don't know how long they can keep up music this rarefied. In the end, however, I found Art Fad's music so pleasurable and galvanizing that it overwhelmed such petty concerns.
After Art Fad came Finn Riggins, who got off to a bit of a rough start but hit their stride quickly and delivered a decent set. Lisa Simpson's voice and guitar were in good form, Cameron Bouiss snuck in some nice little fills and Eric Gilbert's keyboards made the music go vroom. I wonder if I'll ever get tired of hearing "Arrow" or "Benchwarmers." Guess I'll find out.
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