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Gig review: Audie's Olympic, 6/15/2011
We've been playing a lot of all-ages shows lately, and while they have a certain DIY-charm and are full-up on yourthful enthusiasm, there is something about being back on an actual stage for an old-fashioned bar show. And the stage at Audie's (even on a random Wednesday night) feels like home.
Sawtooth (can't find a link, sorry): I'm told that Sawtooth has an Incubus-y quality to them. If I listened to Incubus at all maybe I would have heard the influence. I don't. It's fine. But it means I'm reaching for proper descriptors. Sawtooth plays melodic mid-tempo rock that's not quite metal, but ballsy enough to have them lumped in the genre, I'd think. The band is led by Leslie Sparks who. has. pipes. She can sing. There's a pinch of Bjork-ness to her voice that's nice.
This was only the second show for the band and there was maybe some ridgidness that you could write off to nerves and the like. Then again, I'm a punk-rock guy and like things fast and loose. Either way, I'm super exited to see these guys (and lady) progress.
Toward Distant Suns: Man, I like these guys. A lot. They are a two-piece (drums and bass) progressive jazzcore band from Los Angeles (or, somewhere down that way). They do quirky punk-rock ala early-era SST. The easiest comparison would be the Minutemen. They have the same blazing tempos, the same vocal cadence and weird, stop-on-a-dime change ups. Also: they were loud, which instantly endears them to me. They remind me of a more accessible Giraffes? Giraffes!
Our set: Did 12 or so songs, plus the Misfits' "We Bite" as an encore because the song pretty much rules it and Eli (Rademacher/Westerns/Quiet Americans) was down front yelling for it. Kept my shirt on (to upset the ladies).