The Detroit Bar kept up its hot streak on Thursday night. It was a Pull Your Pants up sponsored event featuring the ecclectic line up of The Love Me Nots, The Softlightes, and Great Northern. Inflight at Night has been running a nice publicity campaign for the Love Me Nots and I was intrigued to check out their live show. The Softlightes hail from San Diego and I had heard good things about them. Great Northern doesn't need any introduction unless you are a new reader within the past month.
The Love Me Nots
The Love Me Nots came out blazing like an old '67 Mustang. Micheal Johnny Walker (Guitars) was abusing his Mosrite guitar so much that it didn't take long for a string to break. Micheal proceeded to switch his Mosrite for a Fender Telecaster. Nicole Laurenne (Vocal/Keyboards) had a commanding stage presence armed with an old school microphone and a dry martini. She did manage to put the martini down and lay down some groovy organ lines. Jay Lien (Drums) managed to climb over his drum kit during a breakdown in one of the songs and hop back on his throne to resume his manic drumming. Christina Nunez (Bass) was the yang to Nicole's yin groovy organ lines. If they don't make the soundtrack for the next James Bond movie something is very wrong.
The Softlightes had me from the second Jeff Hibschman (Keyboards) pulled out his Korg Oasys keyboard. I occasionally get gear envy from time to time but I turned a new shade of green when I saw the Oasys. Jeff put his Oasys to work when he did lead vocoder vocals on a song. The Soflightes had a projection screen running different images including Darth Vader and Mr. T that added to the quirky atmosphere of their lovingly damaged pop tunes. I frequently caught myself tapping my foot along with the beat during their set. Ron Fountenberry (Guitars/Vocals) was strumming his lefty Epiphone guitar while cracking jokes in between songs. The Softlightes are on Modular records which is home to The Presets and Wolfmother. They will be playing Spaceland on Sept 19th for Club NME. I hope to see them again soon.
Great Northern capped the night their cinematic heartfelt tunes. "Just A Dream" was the opening tune of their set with its delicate piano lines meshed with Solon Bixler's (Guitars/Vocals) driving guitars. Solon started to strum the opening chords of "Telling Lies" as Davey Latter (Drums) added some layers of xylophone to the dense mix. "A Sun A Sound" was next and is a great example of how well Rachel and Solon harmonize their vocals to build a large sound. Solon was frequently tweaking his Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man to add some echo laden feedback in the right places. Great Northern will open for Ladytron down in San Diego at 4th & B on Sept 26th as well as play the Lobsterfest on Sept 15th before embarking on another tour across the states.