First band up that night were Midnight Movies who are a 3-piece from Los Angeles. I walked in a quarter ways into their set and made my way towards the stage where a small but interested crowd was watching the band while the majority of onlookers stood around the perimeter of the floor area. The band's crushworthy female drummer took lead vocal duties while the guys in the band took over bass, guitar, keyboard and programming duties. The sticker on their CD[which I bought at the show] describes their music as "sexy, spacey, psychedelic rock" which is an appropriate description. The vocals as well as the more droney aspects of their sound reminded me alot of Stereolab. At times, there was a slight electro-pop sound to their music, especially with the looping programmed sounds from their Mac laptop. I thought the keyboard playing on one song was a little off time signature but otherwise the vocalist's drumming was adequate, if not interesting, and the guitarist was fairly proficient. Some poster at the band's website guestbook was critical of the band, accusing them of playing up the attractive lead female on drums angle, but I say more power to 'em. After all, who necessarily wants ugly rock stars?
Sons and Daughters from Scotland were up next and were damn exciting to watch up close. The previous time I had seen them was opening up for Franz Ferdinand this past summer at the cavernous Kool Haus in Toronto. The guitars were amazingly punchy while the bass and drums seemed to resonate through the wooden fixtures of Lee's Palace. Their music combined some rootsy elements(a country twang, some folky elements like banjo) with a rockier side(the aformentioned guitar sound) and some nice melodies. The co-lead vocalists, male and female, were most successful with their vocal interplay on "La Lune" which
Clinic, sporting their usual hospital scrubs and surgical masks, made their way on to stage
[check out my photos here]