12/9/11…The Live Lights @ Stubb’s Bar-B-Q



So, can’t say that this night got off to a good start, BUT I was determined to keep an open mind and hopefully enjoy the show.  I got in just as the band was sound checking. Literally about 2 minutes after I made my way to the stage, this energetic cat popped over to me and started chatting me up about the band that had just played.  Unfortunately, I missed them but he took my email to let me know about future shows.  Not even sure how he was connected to the band, nor do I know what the band’s name is.  Why did I give him my email??!! lol  We’ll see if he follows up…maybe he’ll lead me to some good music.  Anyway, back to The Live Lights.  I have to be honest here.  They never got me going.  They’re a four piece band (keyboardist is also the vocalist, guitars, drums, & bass) and they started out with a bang.    I even found myself tapping my foot at times.  But there was just something missing for me.  They never really got me on that visceral or emotional level.  Halfway through the show, I even sat down; I wasn’t inspired to dance, move around, or anything.  It’s not that they were bad.  They have a very 80′s inspired sound.  But it’s not so much the poppy 80′s sound, but more of the dark, droning synth sound of, say, The Cure, but with a bit of A Flock Of Seagulls.  I find it very hard to describe their sound.  There were definitely people in the crowd that were into them and that’s great.  They just didn’t do it for me.  I think the other thing that was super distracting was that they had a photographer/videographer up on stage with them half the time.  He’s obviously not a band member and it was just super weird to me that he was on stage taking shots as opposed to doing it in front of the stage.  I don’t know, maybe it was just me, but it kinda annoyed me.  I never want to diminish a band’s talents or efforts, but I do always want to be honest about what I really do enjoy.  And by the same token, I want to feel free to say what isn’t quite cutting it for me.  Everyone’s got their preferences and as much as I enjoy all kinds of music, not everything will inspire me.  Feel free to check them out yourself and YOU be the judge…www.thelivelights.com.

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