Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Camera Obscura with The Essex Green at 9:30 Club
Monday evening, I went to the 9:30 Club to see Camera Obscura play.
Opening up was a Brooklyn band called The Essex Green. I only thought they were okay- well intentioned but just not great.
They had a pop-rock sound like The New Pornographers, but without a woman with a voice as strong as Neko Case and without a lyricist like Dan Bejar.
Needless to say, I was not surprised by their Gram Parsons cover.
Camera Obscura played at the Black Cat last year, but it was nice to hear them at 9:30 because of the better sound system. It was also an impressively crowded club for a Monday night show. Despite a few technical difficulties with the acoustic guitar, the band was great.
They mentioned how they like local band Georgie James, and lo and behold, John and Laura from that band could be seen watching Camera Obscura from the balcony.
I just also want to add, the young lady in front of me looked just like the sister from Dexter on Showtime,