As I mentioned there were a couple good bills this weekend. Friday’s was The Morning Benders (myspace) and Oh No! Oh My! (myspace) at the Bottom of the Hill. Au Revoir Simone headlined the show. Much to my surprise, it was sold out by the time I got there, around 9:50pm (for a 10pm show). It was a good bill and luckily I had bought my ticket already.
The Morning Benders, out of Oakland/ Berkeley, were up first. I’ve seen/ talked about them a lot. They did a set with a mix of new and old tunes. They’ve been in the studio so they have some new tunes and arrangement they’re playing. Chris sang his heart out like always and the whole band played well. I really enjoy their set, even after seeing them a few times in the last few months. The new tunes and arrangements show some good growth by the band.
Oh No! Oh My! went on after a short break. I’d never seen them before but I was a little anxious. I’d enjoyed their album going back to when they were selling the pre-release version for $1.50 but I felt like they might not be able bring that to the live setting well. Turns out I had no reason for anxiety.
It turns out that it was their 100th show and while I find it a bit odd that they kept track of that, I’m always for reasons for a band to bring it a bit more than usual. Their set up was always in flux with the main singer playing both guitar and bass, the keyboardist also playing guitar, bass, glockenspiel and melodica, the bass player playing guitar (I think) and the drummer playing keyboards while drumming, Dave Douglas-style. They put a lot of energy into their set and kept my attention. I liked the live versions of songs I knew (their album) and liked most of the songs I didn’t yet know (the EP and newer songs).
I ended up picking up their EP Between the Devil and the Sea. “Party Punch” along with “Oh Be One” are the highlights for me. It’s starts as an strummy upbeat folk number but morphs into pure pop fun.
I stuck around for a little of Au Revoir Simone and it just wasn’t my thing.
On thing I noticed about this show was lots of x’s on people’s hands, both in the audience and on stage. Two people each from Oh No! and Morning Benders appear to be under 21 and there were some audience members that appeared to be significantly under 21. Where do you hear about Oh No! Oh My! in high school? The Internet, I guess.
A couple more photos of each band after the jump.