Saturday, June 10, 2006

!!! (Chk Chk Chk), L-D Section II (Lansing-Dreiden) and Mountain High at Black Cat

It was a crowded Black Cat last night for a night of disco punk. First was band, The Mountain High, from Philly. They were loud with double drum kits going and a singer who looked like Michael Jeter
I'm a sucker for ridiculous amounts of percussion - I enjoyed them. No great songs to write home about, but solid rhythm.

Next up was L-D Section II a.k.a. Lansing-Dreiden. I had got their first record a couple years ago, but had no idea what they even looked like. During setup, your usual white indie looking dudes soundchecked their instruments. Then, when it came time to play, two buff African America guys with dreaded hair, tight pants, and white shoes came out to sing and dance. I think people in the club were initially taken aback by them as it took a while for them to warm up to the music.
I liked them a lot- their music is full on early 80's dance-pop- ranging from no wave to full tilt electro-pop. The lead singers had a load of energy dancing on stage, and I loved that the keyboardist was on a Roland.
After a long break for setup and soundcheck (the band was late) !!! (Chk Chk Chk) came on and played. Turns out also, lead singer Nic Offer broke his foot. He came out on crutches, but threw them down during the show and danced on his cast, cracking it - punk rock, but his poor foot's gonna heal crooked.
They opened with "Pardon My Freedom" which sounded awesome. They also introduced a new drummer who sported a porn-stache- this was because the older drummer came out front to sing as well. Some of the new songs from their upcoming record were great- others- I'm not so sure of. Now this set couldn't have compared to their Coachella 2004 set which I loved, but all in all, they were pretty good.

1 comment:

K8teebug said...

I saw their Coachella set in 04 and was sad to be out west for this show. Glad it was alright, even if he did break his foot.