The bally who...(Pt. 3)


April 10, 2005

This was a much better show than the last one(check out pt. 2). The bally who opened for MC Chris and faced a hip-hop crowd that wasn't afraid to voice their displeasure at the band's alternative rock leanings. Still, the band soldiered through the set and played raw rock that it was best to keep an eye on. It was a few feet from the edge of the table, vibrating closer and further depending on whether they played a sensitive, slow dance number or a loud-as-hell, built-up-to-a-cresendo angry cathartic.

The band was better because they had a permanent bassist and drummer, along with a more-realized dramatic performance from Bryan Spitzfaden. He roused up the crowd--"Are you ready to hoot?!"--and acted as its official fire and brimstone preacher. Spitzfaden spoke as different characters before songs. He provided a visual stimulus that was lighthearted yet smart and literal in its conception. Another visual aid to the music's feelings were the movies made by guitarist Rene Dufourc and shown on a screen to the side of the stage. The films were timed in conjunction with the length of the songs.

The bally who was lucky to have drummer Endre Landsnes. The normal jazz drummer rolled the snare with precision and rocked out well when necessary. His greatest asset, though, was that because of his jazz background, he had an inate sense of dynamics and ability for nuance. On the songs that drifted without an anchor, Endre either used brushes or employed a touch that was light. His playing on these songs was spontaneous and his progressions were fittingly ambiguous.

Guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Jacques Duffourc was the band's centerpiece. He immersed himself into the songs. He closed his eyes, whispered, and evoked a sensual mystery. One second he was very delicate with a song and the next he was ripping it apart with his powerful guitar strumming.

The bally who is coming up. Don't miss the trip.

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