with Velvet Voodoo Dolls, Sugar Plum Dandy, Skunkjuice, The Mighty Sturgeon, Camerons Way, Drawback, Slowpoke, Lachrymator, Doom Nation at The Vertex
by Scott Hefflon
Mark Schwaber (also of Sugar Plum Dandy) is the frontman playing guitar and singing. This three piece is not the most visual band in the world, but their heartfelt lyrics really make you take notice. The drummer whaled and the bassist helped provide a solid base (excuse the pun) for the guitar. With the basic chord strumming during the vocals and the between verse all-out-jam, the band led you through the ups and downs of every song. The singer/guitarist looks like the kid who sat next to you in math class all year without saying a word. Now that quiet one is on stage and pouring out his observations. It was internally moving and personal. He really seemed to communicate with the crowd, and not just sing at them. At the end of every song, he kinda wandered into the shadows; the closest you can come to a fade out live. The songs ranged from just-shy-of-hardcore jams to electric/acoustic dirge. The songs had that dark side exhibitionism of the longing quiet one pushed over the edge. While much of the music was mellow and smooth, each song twisted at some point and howled eerily. A very intimate band.