So you may have noticed my Tweet a little earlier that I’d decided to skip this Saturday’s Asobi Seksu show at Rock and Roll Hotel in favor of the Deleted Scenes/Drones show at Black Cat. But it occurs to me that this show deserves more attention than a mere Tweet – this is truly one hell of a rock and roll show.
Let’s start with The Drones. I’ve heard the name for years, but only got around to checking out their music a few weeks ago in the lead-up to SXSW, in order to figure out if I should swing by the Aussie BBQ. (Short answer – always go to the Aussie BBQ. Great, free beer, and lots of great, loud bands.) I liked what I heard on their MySpace, so I decided to check them out. And holy hell was I impressed. So impressed, in fact, that I saw them a second time just a few hours later. Just a relentless, driving, sledgehammer of rock and roll.
The Drones, “I Am The Supercargo” (from Havilah)
And then there’s the headliners, Deleted Scenes. I’m fairly certain that I saw these guys by chance about a year or two ago and wasn’t impressed. I’m not sure how that could have been, though – their recent album, Birdseed Shirt, is excellent. I must’ve been drunk or something, because I’ve really come to like these guys recently. And no, it has nothing to do with the recent Pitchfork review, I assure you.
Deleted Scenes, “Fake IDs” (from Birdseed Shit)
And then there’s openers Pretty & Nice… who I know next to nothing about. But the band is streaming it’s album, Get Young, in its entirety here (click “Get Young” on the bottom right), and I like what I hear after the first couple of songs (especially “Tora Tora Tora”).
So I guess my point is this – three great bands playing for only $12. You need to go. I am, and that in and of itself should be enough to convince you to go, right? So go. And we’ll all go see Asobi Seksu the next time they come through town.