Thursday, October 06, 2005
Live Review: Fruit Bats
Last night was the eagerly anticipated (at least for me) Fruit Bats show at Spaceland. I showed up very early and was a little surprised that nobody was there. I'd heard that the pre-sales were pretty good.
Anyway, about 9:30 BIGBANG went on stage. I'd been tipped off that they were good from a friend who saw them at the Derby last week. They're from Norway and they sound like an American southern rock boogie band. It always surprises me when foreign bands are able to pull off really American sounds so pitch perfect. I'm guessing that if you're a fan of the Black Crowes then Bigbang might be right up your alley.
IRVING was next. They're a local LA band with a large female fanbase (that's a hint for the single guys out there). They score a lot of primo opening slots (Arcade Fire, Franz Ferdinand, Coheed and Cambria).
FRUIT BATS finally came on at about 11:45. They did not disappoint. The lead singer writes heartfelt, lyrical pop songs and I really like the sound of his voice. The new band made the songs come alive and the drummer had timing (see Dungen live review). There were some really enthusiastic fans in the front who sang along and their energy was contagious. The lead singer said it was his favorite show of the tour. The band deserves a much bigger fanbase (if you like the New Pornographers and/or Shins you should buy SPELLED IN BONES). F-you Pitchfork - as usual, you don't know what you're talking about.