If a person is lucky, they get to go to a show and witness great music, great vibes and great people. It’s the type of night where you remember it as a mark in your life as to what happened before or after. And when it’s a show at a local venue by two up and coming groups, it’s even more of a memorable experience. On 7/26 at Low Spirits on 2nd street in Albuquerque, this 21 and over show became one of those nights. Low Spirits was hosting Those Darlins second stop in Albuquerque while on their multi city tour. I have to say that this venue was the perfect spot for this show. It just has this “Sunset Strip” vibe to it where it really creates a cool atmosphere ensuring a cool night.
Before the main act took the stage we had our local Red Light Camera getting us all riled up with their style of rock soul. They are fast becoming the opening act preference for some great bands (as this show “Those Darlins” and previously, “Girl In A Coma”) but they hold an amazing show all on their own (as just recently at the Kimo theatre’s “Live and Local” series). Playing tracks from their up and coming debut album (which will include 6 new tracks plus their E.P.)They definitely did their job of starting the night off right. The bands energy is a mixture of great vocals and high energy from the great four piece band who you can tell are genuinely having a great time playing together. “Were mostly from a performance background so we understand that we need to perform besides play”, stated Barney (bassist) when asked about how they create such a playful vibe when on stage. Well sir your band definitely accomplished just that last night. And at the end of their set, having too much fun, they asked if they could play one more for the crowd. Which the audience replied in a thunderous YES. They did they’re rendition of Cee Lo Greens track F**K YOU with their own RLC twist. Great show guys and I look forward to your Albums release party coming up soon. Red Light Cameras plays this Friday at Burt’s Tiki Lounge on Gold with Shoulder Voices. Check out their face book page for tracks and upcoming show details.
Being featured on NPR’s,“all things considered” and on Rolling Stones as a “Band to watch“, we had a chance to see a group that’s ready to explode on to the masses. Those Darlins, having released 2 very well received albums (Self-titled and Screw get loose) over the course of 3 years has created such a hype with their country roots rock and 80’like new wave rock. Their first album is a rockabilly’s dream with tracks like “Red light Love” (now being used by Kia for their 2012 Sorento commercials) every track is a great listen. But what changed everything was their new album “Screw get loose” because it changed their sound from Tennessee southern roots rock to an early 80’s rock with country punk feel (like listening to Johnny Cash meets early Blondie). The majority of the people I asked last night said they liked their first album the most but still loved tracks from their new album. What I do have to say is that it shows what creativity they have in store for us. Now they deliver on their albums but a live show is a totally different subject and they definitely blew us away with their live show. This was my first time seeing them and I must say, “Wow”. I couldn’t stop moving from the start of their set to the very last encore. Playing mostly from their new album, they treated each song as if it was their only set. Playing to the crowd’s cheers and interacting with the audience created such an intimate high energy feel to the show. At one point I had a huge urge to want to quit school, buy a Les Paul and stay home practicing chords so I could try to create the same sound. But it’s not possible because talent like theirs comes once in a great while. In the next 3 months this three girl and drummer band have over 30 shows playing throughout the west coast, then throughout down south and then the east coast. They are truly musicians in every sense of the word. “It’s what we do”, said drummer Linwood Regensburg when I asked him how do they manage such a heavy touring schedule. You can tell that they love their job. At the end of the show they signed autographs and just talked with the crowd. It was as if we all were in the show together and now we were all relaxing. I left thoroughly satisfied having met some very cool people and witnessing some very cool music. If you’re going to be traveling anytime soon look up their concert dates (or to hear their great tracks) on http://thosedarlins.com/ .