Saturday, September 30, 2006
A good place to resume this blog would be to reveal a new favorite band every once in a while that I get around to updating. So, of course, keeping with my style, here's a pretty cool local band (Potsdam, NY local) that you will all enjoy. They are the Cherubs, and they come from up above. And if you don't dance to their music, believe me, they'll be two sad boys. Here's the deal. Eric gets out his laptop and mixes crazy beats and synth shenanigans with Fruity Loops. He and Nick lay down guitar and bass (respectively) over it, and Eric lays down the vox. The product is incomparable dance powerpop house music, basically. There really aren't even words to contain their sound. Check them out, and DANCE.
That all being said, imagine this. Eric leading the entire small, crowded, smoky room in a group chant. Just long, peaceful tones with a beat in the background. The beat stops, and the next song starts--one that everyone knows--so everyone claps along in just the right rhythms. The room is engulfed in smoke and chatter, but all eyes are up front. Nick stands statue-still rocking out amazing basslines, while Eric moves back and forth, sort of like that chick from No Fi Soul Rebellion. But, the more he gets into it, the more he rocks out, dancing around the stage. The set goes on, a few guys and girls in the back (who the band probably couldn't even see) were dancing crazy. The band was surrounded by friends. Everyone knew the beats, the words, the changes. Eric taught the crowd an entire song (even though enough people already knew it from recording it with him), everyone shouted the gang vox right with him. The room was one crazy, jumping, mass of humanity that just wanted more beats. It was such an intimate show, everyone left with a great vibe. Right on.