Nodzzz- Upstairs @ Whelans Sept 09September 30, 2009
Another night at Upstairs @ Whelans for some new-ish groups and as seems to be case these days some surprises…not all good though.
The Mighty Atomics were up first with their 50’s style tunes which kind of veered into rockabilly which just isn’t for me. One gig goer was certainly enjoying himself with his jerky twitchy dancing- I didn’t know you could turn an epileptic fit on and off like that though.
So Cow were then up and what whisperings I had heard about them being good were very quickly dissipated. Even with missing the first couple of tunes the set just seemed to go from bad to worse. A ‘drummer’ who was air drumming and a recording of the drum track playing, cheesy jokes that went down like lead and then at the end having a Big ‘Somebody’ (sorry can’t remember name) come up on stage for the last tune was a mis-step. Was like watching a parody to be honest and maybe in the realms of Spinal Tap you could consider this set good- real world though it was not.
Nodzzz were finally up and have to say that they were the only redeeming part of the night. Their tunes were certainly brief and sometimes I think they spent more time with banter in-between the tunes themselves. Some of the banter was quite funny though- cold suffering, Primark shoe bedecked band with a dislike of Oakland, CA but at least they were engaging with the crowd. Have to say that their tunes are very catchy even given their brevity- some like little nuggets which exist on their own but it would have been nice to hear them expanded just a tad. They were kind of teasing with you since just as you were getting into them they ended and some longer tunes would really have had a great vibe.