Warbly Jets at Kung Fu Necktie
My 90's sense is tingling. If I didn't know better I would have sworn Warbly Jets were, well, British for one thing. From song to song they flow from jangly rock-n-rollers to floaty, vaguely psychedelic hymns to their more recent cool electro-meditations on modern society. Through it all their sound is always a little bit suave, a little bit classy. Intensity is implied through style and attitude, not just volume. Seems British to me. Or more accurately it reminds me of alternative radio from the era of the Second British Invasion, my college days, back in the 90s. Like the rock bands tho, not the "Britpop" bands, the real rock-n-rollers.
The Fleshtones at Kung Fu Necktie
Not sure I have anything new to say about The Fleshtones. I definitely was not expecting all of that literal jumping around from a band which formed in the 70s. This was just a damn fine rock-n-roll show to a packed house, as it should be.
Control Top at Kung Fu Necktie
I suppose now that I live in Philadelphia I should photograph a Philly band or two, so here we go. I wanted to photograph Control Top because they are the best punk band I've found in this town so far.
Perhaps that's a controversial statement. For one thing I'm calling them punk even though they call themselves "post-punk" on their Bandcamp. That's a matter of opinion, fine, but I for one think that any band loud and aggressive enough to keep up with the metal bands on this bill should be called actual punk. Let me put it this way: their recent single "Type A" is much closer to their current sound than the songs from their older demo tape, but even that is noticably mellower than their live show.
As much as I love the vibe at Kung Fu Necktie it's a bit on the small side and has small-venue lighting, unfortunately. I think only the lead singer was actually lit up by the spotlights during the set. Oh well, I'm probably the only one who cared. Still a good show.
Death Valley Girls at Kung Fu Necktie
There are so many great rock bands from L.A. these days, including the one slightly misleadingly named Death Valley Girls. They certainly display the love of kitsch which marks them as Burger Records band (their first few releases came out on Burger) but add a hefty dose of LOUD. Their hit-you-with-everything-at-once sound is clearly influenced by early punk rock and even 70s stadium rock. Listen to the last 30 seconds of Disaster (Is What We're After), or even better the whole thing, and you'll understand. That plus enough mysticism and eyeliner to occasionally get them labeled as "goth" make for a very flavorful concoction. I like it a lot.