LINKS w/ Misdelphia 05/20/09

Alterknit Lounge @ Knitting Factory – Hollywood, CA

Words/Photos by Reverend Justito

Just nine short subway stops from the venue where the shocking conclusion of American Idol was held, two unknown bands were being judged by a much smaller, but just as important audience. As I walked into A&R Knight inside the Alterknit Lounge @ Knitting Factory Hollywood, I was greeted to the sounds of five young men who call themselves Misdelphia. Hailing from San Diego, I caught the last two songs of these guys. I have to be honest, at first, I was more into getting a drink and watching the Magic upset King Lebron and the Cavs. It was a long day, somehow the side of the freeway caught fire messing up already rotten traffic and for the love of getting new bills to enter for wheresgeorge.com I needed a drink.

I decided to tune in as the band announced they would close the set with a cover we all knew. I get the feeling it was an ironic pop song (Taylor Swift perhaps) that I kinda sorta maybe recognized but couldn’t name to save my life. The band seemed to be having fun and played as if there were in front of a national TV audience and not the petite lounge. While a bit too (dare I say) Emo for me, these kids can play. Id actually be interested in seeing them in a few weeks when they conclude their west coast tour. This band while still very young and raw have a lot of potential, and I hope it does not go to waste.

The reason I strolled down Hollywood Blvd tonight was to check out Silver Lake indie rockers LINKS. Somehow we became friends on myspace, my guess is they added me because I don’t really add anybody. The guys have kindly invited me each Wednesday night during the month of May to experience the majesty of their residency at the intimate venue. Today as I sat in my cubical, I decided that I’d give them a shot, and I am most certainly glad I did. As Misdelphia tore down the stage and LINKS set up, the pint-sized club began to fill with young hipster women. Before these guys even hit the stage, I knew they were doing something right if all these birds had cruised out from the Silver Lake/Echo Park area to check em out.

Taking the stage at 8:25 – LINKS packed a lot of action into 25 short minutes.   The four musicians who make up the band truly compliment each other very well. The first thing I noticed was the interplay between Vocalist/Guitarist Robbie Arnett and Lead Guitarist Eric Frank. The way these two connect is very impressive and will only get better with time. Guided by an impressive rhythm section of Robby “B” Barnett on Bass and Curtis Marrero on Drums, the entire band sounded tight and well rehearsed all night.

 

The band mentioned to the enthralled crowd it’s plans to debut a new song each week. Frank mentioned the song had not yet been named, but secretly the band had been calling it “Dark Chocolate”. The song started a bit slow and funky but seemed to develop into a rather solid rocker. For me, the song that stood out the most was a song called “710”. I personally could relate to it’s opening lines of stalking attractive members of the opposite sex while cruising the wonderful freeways of Southern California.

The best way to describe this band is a mix of Maroon 5 and Kings of Leon, with a dash of Ray LaMontagne. Truthfully, 25 minutes was not enough. Each song had me taping my feet, or shaking my head back and forth without me even realizing. The band sounded tight and are truly ready to bring it to the next level. In between nailing down tight grooves the band managed to find the time to show us they have a sense of humor. Robby was knighted by Robbie, as apparently it has become tradition for a different member to be knighted each week.

Closing with a song called “Coldwater” the four piece was all smiles, truly enjoying what they were creating together. With it’s infectious hook, and Frusciante-esque solo I couldn’t help but smile along with the guys. I wanted more, I really wanted more. So while the world now knows that tonight was not the night for Adam Lambert, perhaps just feet away from the venue Idol finales once called home it was the night LINKS was discovered by someone a bit bigger than yours truly.



 

A direct descendant of the outlaw Jesse James and star of a 1983 Kilpatricks Bread radio commercial, Reverend Justito has taken his gift of ADHD and put it to good use by creating one of a kind concert reviews. A bootlegger at heart, the man lives off Whiskey, Taco Bell and the love of San Francisco sports teams.
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Thursday, May 21st, 2009 at 12:10 am.
Categories: Reviews.

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