Thursday, June 19, 2008

Say Anything at KC Live

Say Anything, the penultimate emo band, performed on the Kansas City Power & Light District stage Wednesday night. While no one cried and there was little sulking to be seen, angular haircuts and stereotypical fashion statements were plentiful.

Considering the band's popularity and that the free event was promoted by a 96.5 The Buzz radio remote, attendance was distressingly light. There were probably more people inside the entertainment district's bars than in front of the stage. Power & Light's age restriction- no one under the age of 21 can enter- likely kept the band's core audience away. But the 500 or so people there for Say Anything (above and below) were very passionate about the band.

It seemed like almost everyone but me was singing along to songs I'd never heard, like "Yellow Cat (Slash) Red Cat". The songs I was familiar with, including current single "Shiksa", sounded great.

One of the evening's highlights had nothing to do with music. During the break between bands, the Royals-Cardinals game was featured on the video screen behind the stage. Loud cheers greeted eighth inning home runs by David DeJesus and Alex Gordon. Who knew emo fans cared about baseball?

Unlike the Royals' batters, Queens Club (above) failed to make contact.

Significantly less impressive than the promising music posted at their MySpace page, Queens Club came across as a High School Musical version of a Cure-influenced indie rock band. With proper stewardship, they could develop into a noteworthy act.

Wednesday night, however, they looked and sounded like tentative kids brought up to the big leagues too soon.


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