Some bands have bad mood shows where you just want to leave the room, while some bands are just bad, period. The Estrogen Highs show at the Fucking Discovery Zone last Friday was neither, though it was definitely
Heading down to New Haven on my way to the show, the band that I was interested in seeing the most was Big Eyes, which is Kate from Cheeky's new power-rock outfit with the Cheap Trick-sportin' band name. Well, the band still needs a little bit of work, or some added oomph-- though it could've just been equipment problems-- but the songs are definitely there, and you only have to listen to the first couple of power chords of the first track on the demo to figure that out. If the Fastbacks' more straight-rocking stuff ever interested you at all (specifically, the two covers at the end of "New Mansions In Sound"-- "Space Station No. 5" and "Girl's Eye"-- are what's playing into my head right now), then you'll want to get squared away on Big Eyes fairly quickly.
The surprise of the night, though, were Kicking Spit (a couple of guys from Seasick), who I hadn't really heard before. You know how Awesome Color try doing Dinosaur Jr.-type hard rock/psych stuff, only they suck? Kicking Spit nail that sound completely, with a little bit of Das Damen and the guitar sound/tempos from the Moving Targets demo mixed in, adding some Kreator-type guitar parts along the way. Sometimes this type of stuff all starts to sound the same after a while, but Kicking Spit's too-short set was a total rush ("deep cuts, man, deep cuts"), and I would definitely see them again, if only to sort out all the stuff that I missed the first time.
Also, this time, instead of going to Pizza Haven before the show, I walked a little bit further and went to Pizza House. Same initals, much better.
"I Prefer To Be Alone"
Estrogen Highs -
Kicking Spit -
(all of these files are now listen-only)