By Chuck Cox
I always enjoy getting to see two shows on consecutive nights. Granted, it’s not something I’d want to do all of the time, but when a couple of good ones come along that just happen to fall right next to one another, it can be a pretty incredible experience.
Such was the case on Sunday and Monday in Deep Ellum.
After watching the Dallas Cowboys lose in gut-wrenching fashion, I made my way to Trees to check out Silversun Pickups. Although the band is not one I’m super familiar with, I had heard so many good things about its live show. And the people singing the band’s praises were right on the money.
Following an opening slot by Electric Guest, Silversun came out and absolutely brought it big time for 90 minutes. If you like loud guitars, distortion, and whisper to a scream, and then back to a whisper again, vocals, this is the band for you.
Even though I didn’t know a whole lot of the songs the band played, I enjoyed every minute of the show in front of a jam-packed Trees. And my favorite song by Silversun, “Lazy Eye,” got a tremendous response from the crowd. I was a little surprised the band closed the main set with the song, rather than play it in the encore. But it still sounded outstanding.
Seeing some of the people in the crowd made me wonder what it would have been like to see the bands I was into in high school — Def Leppard, INXS, Poison, Motley Crue, U2, Duran Duran, Bon Jovi — play in a club. Granted, those bands achieved extremely high levels of success, but I saw plenty of people on Sunday night who were clearly freaking out at seeing a band they love dearly play in an intimate venue. In fact, Silversun Pickups, minus bass player Nikki Monninger, who was on maternity leave, played Verizon Theatre late last year as part of the KDGE‘s “How the Edge Stole Christmas.”
Monninger was back on Sunday night with the band, which was fresh off an appearance at the ACL Festival in Austin. Electric Guest also played ACL, so it was kind of neat to see a show with two bands who had just played such a big gig. Electric Guest had a unique musical style, which I liked pretty well. And the band seemed to have that certain charisma factor going for it.
Next up was Frightened Rabbit at The Prophet Bar on Monday night.
Although the band played Trees back in April, Frightened Rabbit still brought out a big, enthusiastic crowd to its latest local show. And just like I wrote after the April gig, this band should be on the verge of super stardom.
Much like the last time around, Frightened Rabbit sounded absolutely incredible. The set list was pretty similar to the one in April, but it did add “Keep Yourself Warm” this time around. In fact, it was the second song of a flawless encore that also included “The Woodpile” and “The Loneliness and the Scream.” The band also brought out all three members of opening act, Augustines, which was also stellar throughout its 45-minute set.
If you’re not familiar with Frightened Rabbit, you really are missing out. If you want to get to know the band, I recommend its The Midnight Organ Fight album, although you really can’t go wrong with any of the band’s work. One really cool thing at Monday’s show was the song “Candlelit” from the band’s latest EP, Late March, Death March. Lead singer Scott Hutchison said he was inspired to write the song by the HBO series “Game of Thrones.”
I thoroughly enjoyed seeing both of the shows on back-to-back nights. Now, I’m going to get some sleep.