I’m a bit behind this week; this show happened last Thursday. For this, I apologize. Luckily though, I hope that my lateness will be made up by the fact that all three of these bands are ones to take note of. Let’s start with some ambiance, shall we? It was Thursday night at Glasslands, thankfully not too hot, but it seemed like everyone was at Silent Barn to see a group of bands that I can’t actually remember at this point. The crowd was sparse, is all.
Golden Girls took to the stage first. I suddenly thought that I had time traveled back to my high school’s cafeteria circa-2002, watching those super cool senior boys who smoked pot under the bleachers play in their terrible band that everyone pretended was good because they were cute. I was snapped back to present-time, however, when the Golden Girls launched into their set, proving that they shouldn’t be mistaken for anything less than an up and coming band with lots of potential. The players are very young and chock full of talent. The sound is still a bit rough, and frankly a bit better recorded than live, but these kids haven’t been tainted by any New York City posturing and have a refreshing sound based more on virtuosic guitar solos and nostalgic lyrics rather than cool outfits or musical trends.
Conversion Party were up next. These guys are good. They sound a like they would have fit in the scene really, really well a few years ago; The Walkmen particularly come to mind, though they’re more sprawling and not as tight. Their compositions are big and dark, and, if anything, would benefit from some diversification.
Radical Dads played last, going on around 11:30. They were the most likable band I’ve seen in a long time, personality-wise. They’re three completely unpretentious people (two of whom also play in Uninhabitable Mansion, one of whom also plays in Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) playing guitar-driven music that is fun and light, but very exciting at the same time. With no bass, the second guitarist gets creative with his riffs, switching back and forth between solos and complicated bass-like lower parts. Their singer has a great low voice, and her stage presence exudes competent confidence without any cockiness. The band’s last song was a guitar-psych freak out, which was incredibly entertaining and viscerally exciting. I’m so glad I found this band, and I’d like to encourage you to download their EP for free right here.
Check out the photos from the evening over at the most excellent Impose Magazine.