Posts Tagged '2009'

Nitzer Ebb

Man have I just been letting the old blog go.  It’s been a while since I bothered to update what I’ve been up to, so here’s to trying to be more consistent. 🙂
 
Ok, so last weekend I went to a see a favorite 80s/90s industrial band of mine, Nitzer Ebb, that I always wanted to see, but never got the chance to until now.  A few local groups opened for them, one called Legion Within and the other called God Module.  I liked Legion Within although their music seemed a bit like a rip off of Bauhaus.  I felt bad for the lead singer however as he had to perform with a broken leg (with crutches), but the music was good.  I was not a fan of God Module.  Their rhythms weren’t bad but their image and their singing was lame.  The lead singer is this really huge, scary looking guy and sounding even worse with his screaming voice over a very rough synthesizer.  Another band member took turns singing, using the same synthesized voice, and his gimic was wearing tape as a shirt.  Interesting attempt to be cool, but to me they came off as ridiculous and trying too hard.  Anyhow, Nitzer Ebb came on afterwards and really rocked the place.  They performed a ton of their greatest hits and the crowd was really into it.  It was definitely due to the great showmanship of the lead singer who had his stage presence down.  I guess that should be expected for someone who’s been doing this so long.  Anyhow, it was a great show and it was even better getting to see them in such an intimate setting, with a moderate sized crowd at El Corazon.  I was right up front where I like to be.  Whoohoo! Sorry, no photos – the lighting wasn’t great and I couldn’t get a decent shot with the singer moving around the stage and dancing so much.       
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The Builders and the Butchers

I got to see a local favorite out of Portland, called the Builders and the Butchers this past Friday (19th) at Neumos.  A band called the Globe (from Seattle) was the first on the stage.  They were a young group but very talented.  Next on the bill was a band called Loch Lomond.  This group was also out of Portland and very eclectic, but in a good way.  The crowd was well warmed up by the time the headliner came on stage and I think everyone had a great time.  The band even handed out instruments as eclectic as the band (mostly all kinds of rattles, but drums as well) to much of the crowd to aid in the audience participation.  I got hold of a drum and, being a drummer myself, I thought I did a decent job of playing with the band.  I first saw this band in last year’s capitol hill block party and knew that it was a good idea to see them again.  They were releasing a new album and their new songs didn’t disappoint. 

Bloc Party

I got to see the Bloc Party on Friday.  Great concert!  Also, Menomena opened for them which was cool too.  I had seen them a few times before since they are just out of Portland.  Anyhow, had a great view as usual up close by the stage. 

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