The Blank Tapes, Leopold and His Fiction, The Lonely H
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010
Bottom of the Hill
Better Than: Going to an Allman Brothers reunion tour.
I know this city shuts down early, but do crowds really need to cut out at 11p.m. on a non-school night? Those who did missed out, as the old saying held true Saturday at Bottom of the Hill: the best was saved for last, and in this case, the second to last too.
Opening act The Blank Tapes went on at 10 p.m. and played a few songs off their soon to be released album Home Away From Home--unveiling a new, upbeat sound that traded the quiet banjos and ukuleles for a louder, garage rock style. Their short preview of new material revealed the same low-fi, 60's inspired pop songs but with more guitars, a welcome departure from the last album, which lacked kick. As upbeat as the set was, though, frontman Matt Adam's voice fell flat throughout the set, and he couldn't hold a candle to what was to come next.