There was an opening band called Shams, but I was at the bar and he did some sort of Dan Deacon thing where he played from the floor so I couldn't totally see what he was doing. I did hear an awful lot of talk about fucking, though. However, it was a Saturday night in the city and I was drinking beer and listening to live music so it's not like I could really complain.
Pictureplane is this guy from Denver, and he was pretty dope. The internets have drummed up the hype, but it is totally well-deserved.
HEALTH ended up coming on next, but again no complaints on this end. So cool. Two drum sets, and by the end of the show everyone has banged on them at least once. What I like about seeing HEALTH live is that they are one of the noisiest bands on the block, yet they tear through their songs like they are Bruce Springsteen & the E Street band. It's like, these are our songs deal with it. And there isn't even a question of getting on the bus to dig it because the it's coming no matter what and there's nothing you can do to stop it. It's quite awesome.
Double Dagger is from Baltimore, and their songs are about graphic design. It would be easy to say that they sound like Les Savy Fav, but Double Dagger do it all with bass, drums, and vocals. And to add to boot, two of the members of the band have contributed content to the Baltimore City Paper. Within, the first ten seconds of their set beer was already flying through the air. In discussing the band's latest album, More, the City Paper said that Double Dagger has anthems that could stop a tank. Yeah, that's a pretty apt description of tonight's events.