HardRockChick

Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors

Mini Review: Wintersleep @ Slim's and The Rosebuds, Fire & Whiskey @ The Independent, 11/14/08

dev@hard
November 25, 2008
3
1

The manfriend is more of an indie rock dude, so occasionally I find myself at these types of shows. And on this particular night, we show-hopped and caught the opener at Slim’s and the main act at The Independent.

Wintersleep, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, has had a rollercoaster of a year. After winning the Juno award (Canadian Music Award) for Best New Band 2008 and gracing the cover of CMJ, they had all of their equipment stolen in Louisiana. It was their first time in SF, and they mentioned that they were welcomed by “having a beer bottle thrown through their hotel window”. While their sound can sometimes fall into indie rock purgatory- they have several tracks that push the boundaries into hard and psychedelic rock. The vocalist has an exceptional voice that is best described as Dave Matthews meets My Morning Jacket’s Jim James. While their appearance lacks a distinct style, they make up for it with an energetic for indie rock performance. I most appreciated when the guitarist, who looked strikingly like Girl Talk’s Greg Gilles as of late, transitioned to the keyboard for the last song, stood on the seat to play and compulsively bit the side of the microphone.

sleep

winter

Off we were to The Independent, which felt empty compared to the warm reception Wintersleep had at Slim’s for being the first opener. We walked in to see the Magic Bullets finishing up their set, the singer bopping around the stage singing Morissey inspired vocals. A brief break and then one of the most unexpected things occurred. The female singer from The Rosebuds got on stage and told some sappy story about how last year their van broke down on her birthday, and they met this guy who was the cousin of the mechanic or something, and he baked her a birthday cake and made the day better. So, she has a special treat for us tonight- a performance from Fire and Whiskey. Out comes a guy wearing an obviously fake beard, and he sits down and starts strumming and singing something ridiculous about whiskey and sunsets. He stops, and tells the crowd that they are too loud. Several false starts later, a guy in front of the crowd starts singing along, and more back and forth ensues. Then the guy in the audience breaks out a melodica, and tries to play along. Right about now I’m like WTF is going on. The guy with the melodica gets on stage, and hilarity ensues as he tries to convince Fire and Whiskey to let him into his band, which involved MySpace jokes, Dexter references, and my favorite, the $5 Foot Long Subway jingle.

fire

whiskey

Shortly after this piece of performance art, The Rosebuds came onstage. I knew I would probably not like it as soon as the girl come out and high fived everyone in the front row. To me, they sounded amateurish- but are probably a lot of fun for their hometown Raleigh college locals. They were more about trying to create a party atmosphere than the music. I stayed up front searching for something to like when they started to teach the very willing crowd what was ultimately a line dance to one of their songs. Now I draw the line at line dances, so I left for the back of the room to see if the change in perspective helped. Nope. The manfriend and I definitely have very different tastes in music.

rosebud

Comments

  1. Yeah Wintersleep was great. Lot of potential there… The Rosebuds were better on disk. I think their biggest problem was the set didn’t flow and the line dance thing was ridiculous. Sadly, Fire and Whiskey were the highlight.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Related Posts

Looks That Kill: Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison, & Joan Jett & The Blackhearts @ Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, 9/9/22

“Now, listen up She’s a razor sharp If she don’t get her way She’ll slice you apart Now she’s a…

September 19, 2022
10
0

A Dangerous Meeting: Mercyful Fate, High on Fire, Paradise Lost, Fugitive, Suicidal Tendencies, Bone Thugs -n- Harmony, Frozen Soul, Emperor, Mayhem, Carcass, and Wolves in the Throne Room @ Psycho Las Vegas @ Resort World, 8/19-21/22

“Oh, they should have knownNot to play with the powers of HellSome people have lost their waySome people have lost…

August 30, 2022
12
0

Among the Living: Anthrax 40th Anniversary Tour with Black Label Society @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, 7/28/22

“I’m the walking dudeI can see all the worldTwist your minds with fearI’m the man with the powerAmong the living,…

August 19, 2022
6
0

Mad World: Tears for Fears, Garbage @ Kia Forum in Los Angeles, 6/4/22

“And I find it kind of funny I find it kind of sad The dreams in which I’m dying Are…

June 12, 2022
8
0

She Sells Sanctuary: The Cult, Des Roc @ House of Blues Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay

“The sparkle in your eyes Keeps me alive And the sparkle in your eyes Keeps me alive, keeps me alive…

May 27, 2022
5
0

Rock You Like A Hurricane: Scorpions, Skid Row @ Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

“It’s early morning, the sun comes out Last night was shaking and pretty loud My cat is purring, it scratches…

April 15, 2022
5
0

Turbo Lover: 50 Years of Heavy Metal with Judas Priest and Queensrÿche @ Zappos Theater, Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino Las Vegas, 3/13/22

“We hold each other closer, as we shift to overdrive And everything goes rushing by, with every nerve alive We…

March 22, 2022
7
0

Intruder: Gary Numan @ Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown 2/24/22

“I could talk about my world How you brought about ruin I could talk about your greed If you want…

March 5, 2022
3
0

One Night: Danzig Sings Elvis at the Grand Ballroom in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 10/31/21

“Always lived, very quiet lifeI ain’t never did no wrongNow I know that life without youHas been too lonely too…

November 6, 2021
5
0

Highway to Hell: GayC/DC @ Landers Brewery, May 22, 2021

“Livin’ easyLovin’ freeSeason ticket on a one way rideAskin’ nothin’Leave me beTakin’ everythin’ in my strideDon’t need reasonDon’t need rhymeAin’t…

July 11, 2021
6
0