Mag 17 2010, 23:51
Fri 14 May – Daikaiju, The Space Cossacks
, Atomic Mosquitos
Caught in a tangle of emergency vehicles downtown, we missed any initial sets by The Space Cossacks
or Atomic Mosquitos
. But once uptown we had only half a pint's wait before a trio version of Daikaiju
slipped inside the gallery door and onto the stage. (Were others on a secret mission elsewhere?) "Just" one guitar, bass and one drumset were enough to fill the small but lofty space with giga impact sonic blasts!
Having only the studio release from a few years ago, I was excited to hear some of those tunes and more, all bent up into a live vortex. Musically (beyond the fun mask-play), I wouldn't call them either a "traditional" or "revival" surf band- they go way out beyond that and torch the Van Allen belt in the process. They're different like The Mermen
are different, but in a totally different way.
Oddly, some of the small (<70?) audience looked relatively unsinged by the hot set. Maybe it was just the regular/local museum gallery crowd chilling on a Friday night? Being more familiar with a jamband crowd, I'm used to seeing people dance even to a band's tuning; but in this case, fewer than 5 people were visibly rocking out. I'm old enough not to care, so I was dancing like a monkey, definitely one of those 5. Big thumbs up to Guy Who's a Bigger Fan Than Me in the front on air guitar- you seriously raised the vibe!
Best $20 we ever spent for a short date night out. Come back and bring a new CD with you, men!