Express Company, Tripping Linda, The Charlestons, Jadisonotes, Cause For Diversion

Pre-Memorial Day Show 05/24/2003

Bands Present : Express Company, Tripping Linda, The Charlestons, Jadisonotes, Cause for Diversion

Show was supposed to start at 6, but music began at 6:10.

So, all and all, not that bad of a setup time for Express Company, a band that mixed metal riffs with 3-part harmonies that verged on the edge of sounding like liveonrelease. All and all, the vocals were strong, but the 3-part harmonies were damaged at parts due to the strain of the P.A. The guitarist had a surprising sound, making a number of different arrangements and sounds with just his skill and one pedal. I personally kept thinking that this act would end after every song, as the time between songs was extended (they had to decide on which song to play). The only weak spots for Express Company came in two key areas: after these minute or so delays, there seemed to be a 4 or 5 second delay between when they started and when they actually started playing together. After this little delay, however, the act would be able to sync themselves and kick ass until their next delay. Secondly, and this problem can be worked out with a little more practice, the lead singer squeaked on the high notes during the earlier songs of their set. Continue reading “Express Company, Tripping Linda, The Charlestons, Jadisonotes, Cause For Diversion”

Pre-Memorial Day Show Review 05/24/2003 (JMcQ)

Bands Present : Express Company, Tripping Linda, The Charlestons, Jadisonotes, Cause for Diversion

Show was supposed to start at 6, but music began at 6:10.

So, all and all, not that bad of a setup time for Express Company, a band that mixed metal riffs with 3-part harmonies that verged on the edge of sounding like liveonrelease. All and all, the vocals were strong, but the 3-part harmonies were damaged at parts due to the strain of the P.A. The guitarist had a surprising sound, making a number of different arrangements and sounds with just his skill and one pedal. I personally kept thinking that this act would end after every song, as the time between songs was extended (they had to decide on which song to play). The only weak spots for Express Company came in two key areas: after these minute or so delays, there seemed to be a 4 or 5 second delay between when they started and when they actually started playing together. After this little delay, however, the act would be able to sync themselves and kick ass until their next delay. Secondly, and this problem can be worked out with a little more practice, the lead singer squeaked on the high notes during the earlier songs of their set. Continue reading “Pre-Memorial Day Show Review 05/24/2003 (JMcQ)”

Eyedea, Musab, Brother Ali @ Indy CD and Vinyl

3.24.03

During the Spring Break that immediately preceded this concert, I was on a downloading binge at my house, because that is pretty much the only place that I can download things relatively quickly. One of these artists was Eyedea, a rapper from Minneapolis. Some of the first tracks I downloaded of his were those from a rapping contest called the Blaze Battle, an annual gathering up in Detriot, and the track that really got me going was a battle of his against Shells, a rapper that was thoroughly dissected by Eyedea. Trying to find out more information about Eyedea, I tried to look up information about him, only finding websites that sold his latest cd “The Life and Times of Oliver Hart”, and a host of European companies that incorporated the name “Eyedea” into their nomen. Continue reading “Eyedea, Musab, Brother Ali @ Indy CD and Vinyl”

22left, The Maddox, and What Next @ Greencastle High School (JMcQ)

3.15.03

In the last couple of weeks I began to notice my campus’ Union Building become littered with flyers for a concert that was going to happen on the Ides of March. As I did not know any of the bands involved, this only made me more curious, so I asked my significant other, who informed me about the Greencastle scene. Specifically, it was said that the headlining band was not all they were cracked up to be, and I should just avoid the concert instead of wasting my time at it. Lucky for me, I did not heed that advice, and the few hours I spent at the concert were some of the best that I have had at a show. Sure, the sound may not have been the best, and the crowd may have been divided into what people have affectionately called “preppies” and “dorks”, but there was still that fleeting spirit of DIY and community, something that just does not happen as much more as it did 5, 10, or 15 years ago. Continue reading “22left, The Maddox, and What Next @ Greencastle High School (JMcQ)”

The Tarantella Review (JMcQ)

2002

The Tarantella

James’ View – Very loud emo that features a wall of noise with everyone orgasming. There are 5 members, headed by the man with almost all the indy-cred in Bloomington. I mean, the guy has the whole English schoolboy thing going on. The band has a sound like The White Stripes and Imperial Teen, but with a little bit of tuning to do before they really can sound like those bands. The five pieces that constitute the band are a singer, bassist, guitarist, drummer, and keyboardist. The keyboardist is the only truly innovative person in the band, as they are relatively synchronous with such bands as The Red Hot Valentines and the like. The prior jitters of the first half of the concert start to fade away as the show goes on, and The Tarantella starts to rock out. This band would merit a longer review, but there seriously is not much to go on. Their entire set lasted about 23 minutes, and they left like a bat out of hell after that. Hopefully these guys can tour around the area sometime soon, so I can bring all of you a better review of this band, who I believe has some talent.

Rating: 6.4/10A’s View – [The Tarantella] are a sad attempt at too much noise and chaos, but not artfully done in any sense of the term. Instead of anything creative, they have a horrid mix of noise and physicality. I appreciate the verosity of the singer, but it is relatively lame and overdone. However, their songs are cute, and very reminiscent of the Atari system and the Samba 1 on my 80’s Keyboard. While the attempt is a good effort, it only leaves me with a smirk on my face. They are a little Nirvana-esque as well, because they are angry noise producing meaningless rock which neither moves nor shakes me.

Rating: 4.0/10

Matthew West Concert (JMcQ)

Matthew West – DePauw Concert – 2001

This act is actually the singer along with two of his friends in this incarnation of the band. Each song has an independent feel to it that holds so much more in each lyrics then the casual listener can comprehend. One interesting thing about this act is the fact that non-traditional drumming styles re heavily used to give the band a truly different vibe. The guys have amazing stage presence, playfully joking with the crowd, who were his palm by the time I actually found this place, in the basement of a college hall. All acoustics were used in this act. “Somebody Else’s Lawn” which is a apparently newer song is a much lighter song about a defecating dog. This song has a more twangy feel to it. Wow. A cover, which is “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain, comes after the handing out of Free Swag. Again :”I’ll Be” has the inclusion of a bongo instead of drums, which actually are not present on the set. The instruments are powerful enough to make this act simple one to remember. This really seems to be a Christian act, which of course is not bad, for a few reasons. This includes sound relatively similar to Michael W. Smith and various allusions to God. During the latter part of the set, tracks are played that open up the sphere of comparison to the Black Crowes and various other popular rock acts. This show was played to promote their new CD: “Sellout”. Matthew West definitely has potential, with all current members of the band being under 30, and all being relatively handsome.

Cool and Phat 6/25/99 (JMcQ)

Abacus– This band is pop hardcore in the vein of what the Blitz and WAZU play. Metal with definite influences of Metallica, Pantera, Godsmack, and Sepultura. Most fake hardcore bands like this suck, but Abacus actually has more of a metal edge and is easier to listen to. The guitarist also has some really kickass solos, and the drummer is a speed demon. Fist of Gold- Creed+ New metallica sounding song, slow at beginning/fast at middle. The guitarist is the best part of the band, with some screeching solos. Definite early 80’s metal influences with this band. This band is way fucking better then Triphammer was. Shawn dos way better sound jobs then Jesse ever could. Abacus is a really fucking good band, with all parts working together to kick all ass. They could definitely get signed to a huge label like Roadrunner or Metal Blade if they wanted to. The drummer of Abacus plays at a fear factory/cannibal corpse speed. Continue reading “Cool and Phat 6/25/99 (JMcQ)”

Cool and Phat 6/4/99 (JMcQ)

Ryan Greenley– This has four people playing (Bongos/Bass/Drums/Guitar). Jesse is on Bass. All songs of this set are instrumental. This has a decent jazz-indie feel, with a Guitarist with mucho talent. The set has very amazing guitar playing, but every other member of the band is barely noticeable. The guitar playing is so good that it sounds like one big long solo. This style of music is one of the only types of instrumental music i like.

Rating 7.0/10 Continue reading “Cool and Phat 6/4/99 (JMcQ)”

Cool and Phat 5/24/99 and 5/31/99 (JMcQ)

I had lost these reviews until tonight [5/31/99], so here are two cool and phat shows that i was there to review.

The names of the 1st two bands have been lost to time, but the 3rd and 4th bands I know of.

1st band-This is decent sounding rock ,with definite influence from Ted Nugent. The bass sounds muddy, which is also the same problem with the vocals.This is a 3 piece band, Bass/Guitars/Drums, and were pretty boring. They took too long between songs, and they sounded horribly. Continue reading “Cool and Phat 5/24/99 and 5/31/99 (JMcQ)”

Big Al`s Swing Kids Concert 4/9/99 (NO)

Big Al`s Swing Kids Concert (April 9th 1999)

This concert was held in the 1st Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, and it started at 8 o clock. This was a band that started out in Columbus Ohio and were inspired by many of the greats of swing. They had an awesome guitarist who sang as well. They had recently acquired a new drummer and a new keyboardist. They caught on pretty quickly and also taught the croup some swing moved. a trumpeter who was the only woman in the group, and a Saxophonist that both song. Rounding out the group was a upright electric bassist. The three singers sang some very impressive harmony and really got the crowd going, and they can be compared to the Cherry Poppin Daddies, Squirrel Nut Zippers and the W`s. This is a great example of the influence of older 20’s swing at work.

Rating:8.5/10