Wednesday, August 08, 2007

1990s and Mezzanine Owls at the Troubadour

Tuesday had a plethora of concert options. I had heard that the Prospector in Long Beach runs late, so I opted to trek out to West Hollywood to catch the Mezzanine Owls and the 1990s at the Troubadour. I then proceeded to barrel down the 405 freeway to catch Gliss at the Prospector in Long Beach.


To prove that Scotland has more to offer then The Fratellis and Franz Ferdinand, I give you the 1990s. Jackie McKeown (Vocals/Guitars) was a purveyor of concise rock and roll gems. Armed with a Fender Jaguar and energetic spirit, Jackie riffed through an energetic batch of songs off of their latest offering, "Cookies". Jamie Morrow (Drums) did an excellent job mimicking an octopus behind the drum kit while providing backing vocal harmonies and screams. Michael McGaughrin (Bass)had a grin on his face the whole time while playing his Fender bass. Jackie didn't use too many effects on his guitar and opted for the plug in and play option. The 1990s will be back on Oct 27th at the Troubadour but alas I will be in Las Vegas for some close encounters with Daft Punk.

Mezzanine Owls

After repeated listens of "Slingshot Echoes" by the Mezzanine Owls, I realized why I like this band so much. Underneath the veneer of fuzz lies a song structure that is reminescent of Pavement. The loose rhythm and jangle of the songs are calculated to reel in the listener. Their new songs showcase their exponentially improved songwriting skills that begs for a new EP release. I don't think it will be too long before they get signed. I managed to get a closer look at Jonathan Zeitlin's guitar setup which included a Roland Space Echo, a Line 6 DL4, and a Zvex pedal. Johnathan was having some trouble with his Space Echo but still managed to pull it together. Pauline Mu was handling the beats with her decorative blue lights adorned across her drum kit. Jack Burnside was chugging along on his Fender Telecaster Deluxe looking more comfortable on stage with each performance. I also must tip my hat to Dan Horne(Bass) for the impromptu balance act show with him holding the headstock of his bass in the palm of his hand.

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