Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Henry Clay People, Residency Show #3 (4/20/2009)

Another Monday night trip to Spaceland. By the third show I thought I'd have have Henry Clay fatigue. I didn't. Maybe it was because I hadn't been to a show in a week, but I was still looking forward to it. At the end of the day, knowing that once a week you can drive over to Spaceland and see The Henry Clay People for free is something to be thankful for, and it's something that may never happen again.

Supposedly this was going to be their covers show. Nope. They only played one cover, Tom Petty's Mary Jane's Last Dance, in honor of 4/20 (video clip below). But the music still wasn't stale, and I'm not sure it could ever be. It helped that they played three brand new songs, but "Working Part Time" was still great to hear. And the band seemed the happiest it had been during the residencies. Joey walked off the stage into the crowd and there was a lot of smiling and finger pointing, which is to be expected when you're playing amongst friends.

The Whip played right before HCP with their brand of disco rock. There's not much distinguishable about their brand. Their drummer, though, is one of the best female drummers I've seen. They started off with a couple of unimpressive instrumental songs. About 15 minutes into their set they left the stage claiming technical difficulties, but returned 10 minutes later. To make up for it they said that if anyone tweeted them they would put them on the list for their show the next night at Cinespace. By the end of their set I had warmed to them, but only slightly.

Adeline & The Philistines closed the show at midnight. I enjoyed the 5 or 6 songs I heard (especially "where the bees don't bite"); it's pleasant, toe-tapping, girl-fronted indie pop. Adeline kept on thanking people for staying, and after each song smiled and giggled a bit, as though she was impressed or surprised that they sounded so good and that people were applauding. It was endearing.

Looking forward to next Monday.

Here's two videos from the show, courtesy of my new camera (you may notice an extreme quality improvement, especially in HD).

And some pictures.

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