Kicking off the night was Gardens. At face value, you might see them as just another Detroit garage on the scene. You might be right (you catch on to their retro shtick immediately). But, you’d be hard-pressed to find another crew to match Gardens endless energy. Even if they all look like your average thrift store hipster pretty boys, the quartet will easily have your eyeballs locked to the stage.
Dan Kroha and the Darleans cued up next. The Darleans is a band new band in a long line of musical outlets for Kroha (of Demolition Doll Rods and Gories fame – he also played guitar on Andre Williams’ “so-grimy-it’s-gnarly” garage soul album Silky back in ‘98). The trio glided through a set of stripped down soul-tinged punk blues with Kroha, ever the showman, shimmying and slithering around the stage while effortlessly shooting off punchy guitar licks. Usually, if Kroha’s involved, you can bet it’ll be good.
Chicago’s Disappears exploded immediately and managed to sustain a manic intensity throughout their entire thirty minute set. The Disappears take cues from the German psychedelic scene of the 70s and mesh it with a violent take on shoegaze, the end result being a noisy and ear-tickling wall of sound. And with jams up to ten minutes in length, the band possesses an amazing amount of endurance and seeming symbiotic musicianship, never so much as glancing at each other throughout the set. Loud and raw: A beautiful way to shave a few decibels off your hearing
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