Peelander-Z, Math the Band, Tushimamire, Hank Sinatra Jr Nov. 21st

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23 nov. 2010, 15h03m

Sun 21 Nov – Peelander-Z, Math the Band, Tsushimamire

Usually I might hear about a show on last.fm and say "Maybe" I will go to it and usually never go to it. This was going to be no exception.

Though I have heard that Peelander-Z and Math the band were very good live, I couldn't imagine how great they could actually be when you listen to just their music on last.fm.

For starters, Hank Sinatra Jr. - I am standing there wondering "WTF is this?" as this strange bearded man full of energy is singing about waiting for a girl at Friendly's which pictures of a heavy girl on a TV screen with pictures of Friendly's restaurant and ice cream. This guy maybe would hate it if someone compared him to Jack Black, but he could really work a crowd for a heavy man... Comedy karaoke with a TV illustrating everything? The TV really helped with the performance I think as Hank would be chugging a PBR in between guitar solos (from the TV). Really innovative in my opinion and well put together! BIlly Ocean would be proud of his cover of "Get out of my dreams, get into my car".... The cover of Mr. T's "Treat your Mother Right" was genius. And his original songs about eating vegetables and corn beef hash were quite entertaining also.

Ok... keeping this short here...

Math the Band next...In fact, I didn't remember listening to Math the Band except I heard them on "Atom and his Package" 's radio. Which didn't make sense to me. The live show for them was so full of energy, and the sound felt like it wanted melted my brain like "Lightning Bolt" at times, crazy spazz lyrics and vocals screamed over crazy bitpop/chip sounds. I could not resist buying the cd after and a shirt I was so impressed with how heavy and crazy the sound was. Afterwards I told them what I thought and they seemed confused when I compared them to "Lightning bolt" (it was a light reminiscence anyway of a band I really like).... I found out why when I bought the cd. It sounded more like "Atom and his Package" and nothing like "Lightning Bolt". I think it was the sound system of the Middle East Upstairs,... like the sound man gave them such an edge... such energy! If the CD was mixed maybe with more distortion, more bass, more gritty sound, then maybe... I still liked the cd,... just not as much when compared to the live show (this happens a lot with local bands though...)

Tushumamarie - Never heard of them... 3 japanese girls playing catchy rock beats, not J-pop, J-Rock? They were pretty and knew how to work the crowd with stage diving and just looking sexy. The crowd was really into them. I would see them if I went to Japan.

Peelander-Z - Even if you don't like the music, I recommend seeing this show. Kings of working a crowd into a frenzy. It's an experience. They handed out pots, and tambourines for people to bang on during some songs, and had lots of times where the audience needed to shout out some words. Lots of stage diving,... and Peelander Red, it looked so cool, the audience was holding him up standing for a guitar solo. Costumes, limbo lines, Peelander bowling, and for the last song they gave the instruments to various other people to play along, like Hank Sinatra Jr got Peelander Yellow's guitar, and Peelander Green gave the drums to someone else... while he started to bring his drums into the audience. He finished the night with the crowd around him as he played the last song with lots of people helping to hit the drums with the drum sticks they handed out earlier.

Anyway... I was lucky to have gone and I recommend every one of these bands for a great live show even if you don't like their music, the live show more than makes up for it.

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