Correct me if I’m wrong but I believe it was the great Eleanor Roosevelt that was once quoted as saying, “Anytime you wake up with artistically done paint and a new pair of knock-off Ray Bans on your face, it’s a sign of a good night.”
Hopefully you were able to attend Weenie Roast. I however, was not. I worked at the station while others were hanging out with “furries” and allowing the Dave Grohl’s of the world to sneak into the show.
So the night before Weenie Roast I decided to get my “night on the town” in for the weekend. I treated myself to two amazing bands that I never saw before – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Grouplove[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Walk the Moon[/lastfm] – over at The Satellite (formerly Spaceland) in the heart of Hipsterville, Silverlake. Mrs. Roosevelt would have been proud.
It was a beautiful Friday afternoon once I got done at KROQ, so I decided to beat the traffic and head up to Silverlake early. After a few drinks on the rooftop of my friend’s apartment, we ascended up to the Silverlake Reservoir where the Satelite is located just below.
The PBR’s were flowing and luckily I did NOT have a run-in with Andy Dick, who was there posting up at the bar all night long. It was nothing short of a magical music night. Both bands impressed and made a fan out of me.
Grouplove is a L.A.-based band, but their international reach is very evident by how they came to be. The five members met on the isle of Crete in the Mediterranean at an artists’ residency. They returned to the Southland to record their amazing debut EP (which I picked up Sunday after the show). There aren’t too many tricks to their raw, multi-vocal style. It’s unabashed rock in its purest form.
To top it all off, they played a tight-knit, amazing show, apparently their 100th. So Grouplove went all out during their set. Not only did they drop comically oversized balloons into the crowd, they also through out some sweet Fashion District-esque knock-off Ray Bans. They even signed them!
The band that stole the show for me though was Grouplove’s opener, Walk the Moon. The Cincinnati-bred four-piece has been getting plenty of press lately for their debut “I Want! I Want!” and the infectious summer-ready single “Anna Sun”. Out for the first time on the West Coast, they did not disappoint.
Walk the Moon has infectious hooks, a plethora of danceable beats, and oh, face paint.
“Who wants to get painted up?” one of the members asked pre-show at the bar. Many obliged (of course I did) and it added yet another creative element to their loose, happy-go-lucky set. Their music reminded me of the slick, synth-driven rock of The Killers mixed with the creative playfulness (and use of percussion) that KROQ Locals Only favorite [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Local Natives[/lastfm] have built their pedigree on. “Lisa Baby” is the perfect example of a song that exemplifies this:
Did I look like a giant goofball that went through The Hangover 3 in the morning? Sure. But at least Andy Dick didn’t spill a drink on me. Or worse.