Hey, Fearless fans, want to hear a variety of eclectic music? Then check out AMP Booking Presents series happening every Wednesday until June 3rd. From acoustic to country rock and electronica, fans were treated to performances by Tommy Pope and Six Nights Alone. A last minute add performed an lively but short techno/electronica set while Sirens In Vein was setting up. The highlight of the lineup was the energetic rock set by Vital Light. SouthSide enjoyed the life and feverish energy this band brought to the stage on May 13th. Fearless fans, count on a full review when they perform again during the summer. For more information and tour dates, visit them at www.vitallight.net or www.myspace.com/vitallight.
Stiff, lifeless and boring are usually not the best words to label any band reviewed by SouthSide. However, Fearless fans, after seeing Sirens In Vein that’s how she would vividly describe their Elbo Room performance. This reviewer felt robbed after listening to the songs off their myspace page. She enjoyed what she heard but somehow the recorded version of Sirens didn’t translate well as a live band. For a band with great guitar sound, it seemed too rigid standing on stage barely rocking out. Their screaming fans were rocking harder than band! SouthSide had a hard time with their attempt at being a mix of a goth and death metal band. At times, they tried to be like Evanescence …other times they tried to sound like Lacuna Coil. Yet their music was mess of mass confusion to be either. There were too many chords and riffs going in different directions at once. Even Sirens’ so-called dramatic song failed to live up to its own hype. The too many pounding percussion rhythms crashed the drama and suspense it was building. The soft femme fatale vocals didn’t compliment this band’s rock sound. There wasn’t enough fire or passion in her voice throughout the set until Sirens closed with Witch Hunt. SouthSide doesn’t know for sure if this was an off night or whatnot for them. It was, in her opinion, one of the poorest performances by band with a good potential in its genre. For more information about Sirens In Vein, visit them at www.myspace.com/sirensinvein.
Until next time, Fearless fans, support your local artists and music.