Coming off one of greatest album releases all year is Band of Horses. There was, as expected, a big crowd with a mega-line outside for those without tickets. The good news is that everyone got in. So how were Band of Horses? Ok I guess. They sounded good, but not great. This was partially due to a sparse and separated sound coming from the main board. King King isn't known for it's great P.A. system or overall warmth like Spaceland or The Troubadour. The band also lacked the dreamy/saturated guitar sound that is so apparent and fullfilling on the album, they could've used another guitarist up there to beef up their mix. And without that warmth they came off as your typical indie rock band. "The Funeral" and "The First Song" sounded the best and most similar to the feeling created on Everything all the Time. I'd like to hear them in a better venue next time.
Earlimart stole the show tonight. They rocked hard with their new material sounding very tight and intense. Newish drummer Russell Pollard played as if he'd been a veteran of the band for years hitting the skins perfectly. The entire set was a friggin' highlight with every song sounding great. "We Drink on the Job" still sounds as timeless and fun as it did in 2002, awesome.
What's the new material like? Very strong. It reminded me more of the Beatles and a bit noisier than their last album Trebele and Tremble. The overall mix was richer and more balanced compared to Band of Horses. Maybe tonight's sound issues were just a matter of experience instead of mixing board problems? Anyway, I can't wait for the new Earlimart album.
-photos by Scott McDonald