Loverboy: This is not the “Working for the Weekend” Loverboy. This Loverboy is from Firebaugh and describes his music as Fischer-Price Acid Trip Hop. I’m pretty sure that’s a made-up genre, but it seems fitting. The guy sings hunched over a Casio keyboard and makes his music with pedals and knobs and keys. The stuff was mostly mid-tempo and very atmospheric on a “Twin Peaks” kinda level. The guy has a great voice, or at least writes some great melodies, but the vocals seemed intentionally fuzzed out. It didn’t kill the songs, but I noticed.
Suuns: (pronounced Suns?) started when Ben Shemie and Joe Yarmush got together to make some beats. To those beats they layered on live percussion, guitar noise, synthesizer squeal and pedal-altered vocals. The result is an indie/electronic dance rock that had me shaking legs, shrugging shoulders and air-pumping my fists through the whole set.
That’s how I dance, FYI.
Seriously entertaining stuff and well worth a listen (it’s not just dancey).
This was the first trip to Fresno for the Montreal’ four-piece, and the guys were extremely nice and appreciative of the crowd, small as it was. The band finishes out its tour tonight at Echo in LA and leaves for European tour at the end of June.
Bottom line: Another show you should be sad you missed.