"Roommates," a newish Black Daisy video

Because of the freeway closures, Portland-based Mt. Fuji Records band Point Juncture, WA (whose set I most wanted to


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Last Night: Hazelwood Motel, Animals At Night, Black Daisy at Neumos


"Roommates," a newish Black Daisy video

Because of the freeway closures, Portland-based Mt. Fuji Records band Point Juncture, WA (whose set I most wanted to see last night) did not make it up here for the show-- they've rescheduled for sometime in mid-February.  Instead, Black Daisy performed. Black Daisy is a comedy troupe whose original members, KEXP's own Troy Nelson and Cory Hurd, started out making funny movies and such. Now they are a band as well, who added another guitarist and whose first official show was last Halloween night with Partman Parthorse. Basically, the band version of Black Daisy enjoys goofing on two of the easiest genres of music to pick on: '80s metal and awful contemporary radio rock (remember that Disturbed song that begins with what sounds like the battle cry of a half-evolved monkey and was inexplicably all over the radio for a while circa 2001?). Not that this makes it less amusing. It also helps that the band contains only guitar players; the drummer is an iPod. I was told this was a deliberate decision.  I spent as much of this set watching audience reactions as I did watching the band in their mullet wigs, studded jean jacket vests and bandanas.  Some people looked perplexed. Others looked vaguely annoyed. Everyone else was laughing. Myself included. Well done, gents, especially on that closing cover of "Maneater."

Animals at Night came on next. I find it somewhat difficult to describe

this band, which combines jazzy ambient electronics with lots of power

riffs, occasional vocals and a little bit of looping pedal play. Some

of these songs are more engaging than others, but watching Graig Markel

bounce around on stage and wail on his guitar looking like a 19th

century British paperboy is always a good time (love that jaunty cap!).



As for the headliners, let it be known that I really like Hazelwood Motel's record a lot, but they're the

sort of band who just get up there and play the songs without any

fanfare, which can make for a boring live show. And every time

I've seen them, I've had a really hard time hearing Megan Pickerel's

backup vocals; she has a sweet little voice, but the problem is that it

IS little, and she needs to be belting the words out just to be heard,

because the harmonies and paired voices are part of what makes the

songs so nice on the album. "Break Myself In Two" is always great, and

if the next time I go see the band Megan is projecting loud enough to be heard,

I'll totally buy the whole band beer.

 
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