My True Love

The Mermaid Lounge

August 12, 2004

I thought the band was full of minimalists until I realized something was wrong. I finally figured out there was no kick drum in the mix. The kick pedal was broken, but even when they fixed it, the music was still scatterbrained. Local rock trio My True Love played dark, moody music Thursday night at The Mermaid Lounge.

It was the first show in a while where it ended and I went, "Did I like that?" The music was just interesting enough so that I didn't go away with a bad taste in my mouth. It was detached, mid-tempo rock that when good sounded like Hole or Sonic Youth. The Hole comparison comes easy as the female lead singer wore a dress and had bleached blonde hair. The band used a lot of repetitive bass and guitar lines that put me in a trance until they changed direction. I enjoyed it, maybe.

The singer's mumbled vocals had a depressing tone. She would have been better heard and felt if she had attacked the microphone. Unfortunately, the band had sound problems, and they switched instruments occasionally, which broke up the flow of the show. The female drummer was cool, though. She was flailing around, all over the kit. She did well.

The bassist admitted this wasn't one of their best shows. So, give 'em a chance. Maybe they'll open up for your favorite band.

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