The Soft Club

The Circle Bar

January 31, 2005

The Soft Club's name must have been a nod to The Soft Boys, the Robyn Hitchcock-led moderately-paced '70's rock band that had a foot in psychedelia and punk.

Local rock band The Soft Club--vocalist/guitarist, pianist, and drummer--also played at a conservative pace. But, this was at odds with their shit-on-it, punk approach. The lead singer traded smiles with vacant looks as he langoured around The Circle Bar's performance room Monday night. The Soft Club was punk and detached and glam, at the same time(the lead singer's black hair was slicked back, and his whole eye sockets were covered in black make-up). This mix was somehow charming.

The band played original music that made me think of the coy but rockin' songs on David Bowie's "Hunky Dory" and "Ziggy Stardust." It was also piano boogie that had roots in the raw emotion of '50's Rock.

Between sways on the microphone stand and below uppity, raised eyebrows, the singer encouraged everyone to dance. The music was good, and I enjoyed his pseudo-attitude, but the music was a little too zombie-fied for me to dance. Tap my foot and nod my head? Yes.

The crowd that was built up into rows in front of the bar for opener Ratty Scurvics remained for The Soft Club, so there was a cool energy in the room. The band only played five songs, so I'm waiting for a longer set to see if the band survives(the sixth song on their setlist was The Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog," but they didn't try it).



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