Friday, October 08, 2004

The King Cobra, Lesbians on Ecstasy, Triple M Threat / Northsix / Oct. 7, 2004

Why is Northsix infested with mosquitos? It’s fucking October—aren’t they all supposed to have died already? Maybe hot, sweaty bodies, alcohol, and rock n roll breeds ‘em. Or maybe they’re just big fans of noisy girls. ‘Cause the skeeters were out in force last night for this benefit concert for RightRides, an organization that helps people get home safe. I somehow managed not to get bitten, though Caryn was not so lucky.

We missed the first group, Shellshocked, but made it in time for Triple M Threat, which is Michelle (formerly?) of V for Vendetta’s new band. They sounded a whole lot like V4V to me, with the whole vox/guitar and drums duo setup, and the way-technical math rockin’ riffage. Nothing wrong with that, I dig V4V mightily.

Lesbians on Ecstasy were who I came to see, and honestly, would you need any motivation beyond the name to want to hear them? Well, how about this: they are a Canadian electro band “inspired” by womyn’s music. Meaning, pretty much all they do is play covers of k.d. lang, Indigo Girls, Melissa Etheridge and Tracy Chapman songs. Or stuff that sounds like covers of those people. I know, I know, why didn’t anybody think of this before?! Their record, which I highly recommend, is coming out soon on Alien8 Recordings (yes, Pitchfork readers, home of The Unicorns) Their performance was less over-the-top than I expected (that seems to be a theme this week…see Killers review below), but at least they wore matching Adidas jackets and blue jeans. Fun, trashy, danceable grooves. Alas, no “Talkin’ ‘Bout A Revolution” or “Constant Craving”, my two favorites from the record.

Look! This just in! Melissa Etheridge has cancer! Oh no!

As the King Cobra took the stage, I realized that I had wrongfully been referring to them as “Tara Jane O’Neil’s metal band” since it appears that she is no longer in the group. Which is totally fine—drummer/vocalist/legendary former member of The Need Rachel Carns and guitarist Betsy Kwo brought the noise, and even a Rush cover. In a perfect world, they would be as big as Lightning Bolt. But, as we all know quite well, this world is far from perfect.