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Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Hypnotist Collectors' Rootsy Rock Warms a Wet Crowd at the Make Out Room

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click to enlarge The Hypnotist Collector at Make Out Room last night.
  • The Hypnotist Collector at Make Out Room last night.

The Hypnotist Collectors, Skystone, and Big Eagle

Tuesday, March 23, 2011
@ The Make Out Room

Better than: Making out with the Brawny Man.

If The Black Keys had two more keys, they might just form The Hypnotist Collectors.

Wednesday night's torrential storm couldn't keep the shortest skirts and grizzliest beards from heading down to the Make Out Room. The Hypnotist Collectors crammed the house, alongside other Americana acts Skystone and Big Eagle.

So was it Hypnotizing? Not necessarily. Charming? That's more like it. The four handsome men -- wielding mighty fine-looking instruments, enough facial hair to weave a tapestry, and amulets around their necks -- had the Make Out on the look out.

click to enlarge The Hypnotist Collectors
  • The Hypnotist Collectors

Even though the band's rootsy sound was a more than a little familiar, The Hypnotist Collectors hyped up members of the crowd enough to get them to shove aside tables and make room for some country grinding.

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Hailing from the East Bay, the 60's inspired Americana blues-rock band put together a sound seemingly inspired by Creedence Clear Revival and The Black Crowes. The band's simple harmonious chords seemed as familiar and comforting as that third pour of whiskey.

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Songs such as "Lights Gone Out" and a cover of the Box Tops' "The Letter" probably got a few people laid. You might even get at the band's album release Thursday, June 2 at Café du Nord.

Last night, the audience was already a little warm and randy from an earlier performance by Skystone. Front woman Paula Frazer's vox were reminiscent of Stevie Nicks. The band's guitarists could lay down some licks and carry vocal harmonies to boot. On the band's last Middle Eastern-influenced tune, "Silent Song," Skytone's drummer had concocted his own drumstick with a shaker built into it -- effing rad.

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  • Skystone

That said, it looked like band members of Skystone were on an awkward first date. They barely engaged with the audience or with one another. The same crowd that was gyrating an hour later to The Hypnotist Collectors was pretty stoic throughout the entire performance. It seemed to prove that when a band appears to feel comfortable in its own skin, the audience tends to act the same way.

Kicking off the night was Big Eagle. The folk group is fronted by the sultry city slicker Robyn Peeler. Unfortunately, we missed this set due to the pesky 22 getting delayed.

Critic's Notebook

By the Way: I have no idea how They Hypnotist Collectors' Augustus DeVandry plays the harmonica through that behemoth of a beard.

Overheard in the Crowd:

Bystander referring to the Hypnotist Collectors: "A little more reverb on that guitar and they'd be a spaghetti Western." 

Bassist from Skystone: "This next song is called What Could Be Broken."

Guitarist from Skystone: "I could be broken."

Bassist from Skystone: "I guess it's whiskey time!"

Random notebook dump: A little taken aback by the fact that there were easily over 150 peeps at the show. However there were only two non-white people (myself-included) for the majority of the night. Wondering what's going on with this "diverse" S.F. music scene.

Set List for The Hypnotist Collectors:


For the Kicks

Queen of the Scene

Lights Gone Out

Smooth Seas

Take a Look at my Heart

The Letter

Angels of Oceana


Wasted Jesus Blues

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