Sailor Jerry foot the bill for the holiday party at the Croc last night.
The Intelligence, Unnatural Helpers and Dasher and Prancer
Wednesday, Dec. 22
Review By Aaron Moncivaiz
A trio of local acts came together at The Crocodile Wednesday night to give the greatest gift of all: a free show of tireless garage rock with a sprinkling of seasonal flavor. The Intelligence, Unnatural Helpers, and Dasher and Prancer played like screaming kids on Christmas morning, unbridled, unruly and spasmodic to a delightful T.
Dasher and Prancer opened the night with a set of surf rock Christmas classics. Brisk versions of "Oh Holy Night," "Feliz Navidad" and others took on a sunny style, and like the holidays, they were gone as soon as they began.
If Dasher and Prancer removed the bow, Unnatural Helpers ripped the package wide open. Known for fast-paced punk rock songs that clock in at 2 minutes or less, the group truly impressed with its tight, raw sound. Unnatural Helpers' sound could power light bulbs or cut through trees if that's what it wanted. But for now singer/drummer Dean Whitmore and company are busy playing the catchiest rock and roll in the city.
On a night sponsored by and inundated by an "alternative" rum brand named after celebrated tattoo artist Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins (R.I.P.), it was The Intelligence that delivered the punk flavored goods. The group's seemingly brief set was punctuated by frontman Lars Finberg rolling around on the ground with his keyboard (attached to a geriatrics walker) in tow, while the rest of the band finished off the set.
Even as the night came to a close, those in the audience -- ears buzzing, cheeks rosy, and plenty liquored up--remained exhilarated and ready to do it all over again.
Overheard in the Crowd: "What do you think the average age on stage is?" "Well, Santa Claus is up there, so who fucking knows?"
Best Banter: From an Unnatural Helpers guitarist, "We were told to take our time. You guys mind if we go drink beer in the back for 20 minutes?"