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Monday, March 8, 2010

Last Night: Abe Vigoda, Lovvers, High Castle at Bottom of the Hill

Posted By on Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 8:33 AM

click to enlarge High Castle - ERIC LAWSON
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Abe Vigoda, Lovvers, High Castle
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Bottom of the Hill

Better than: Sitting at home watching the Oscars.

Last night was a sleepy Sunday at Bottom of the Hill. Scrawny, hip kids shuffled around the venue, most of them looking like they were pushing 17 years of age. The vibe was very reminiscent of a house show, a laid back affair where these youngsters stood politely and stared attentively at the bands on stage, quietly bopping along to the fast-paced drum beats and snarling guitar riffs.

click to enlarge High Castle - ERIC LAWSON
  • Eric Lawson
  • High Castle

​The first to take the stage was Oakland-based High Castle, a trio of screeching punks, wailings guitars, and pounding drums. (The girl on the skins could especially rage). There's been some hype surrounding High Castle, and it's safe to say the band lived up to it last night - cranking the volume, yelling over one another into the mics, and delivering some seriously noisy guitar shredding.

click to enlarge Lovvers - ERIC LAWSON
  • Eric Lawson
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​After what seemed like the entire venue came back from a smoke break, Lovvers began its set. The UK act had a more refined sound than its predecessor, one that was very Ramones-esque at times, with echoed lead vocals. The foursome had an endless supply of energy, and the lead singer jammed along to the quick, steady beats in between taking swigs of Corona. Lovvers got the crowd moving towards the end of their set with "OCD Go Go Girls," a fun '60s garage rock anthem.

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