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Monday, July 23, 2012

Show Review: Deep Time & The Scepters & Bar Pink

Deep Time, formerly Yellow Fever

Show Review
Deep Time
& The Scepters
@ Bar Pink in San Diego, CA.

    I think the last time I was in North Park for a show was the Fresh & Only's show in 2010?  Before that I went to a Wild Weekend show in October of 2007.  I can remember when North Park wasn't literally filled with douche bags.  I'm not using the term "douche bag" in the pejorative sense, simply as a description.  Between True North and Urban Solace- sorry Urban Solace, the 30th street corridor is crawling with "Gaslamp people."  From a neighborhood economic development standpoint, great to have that.  Personally, as someone who doesn't own a bar or restaurant in North Park, I could do without, but where I come from, people are people- facts are also still facts where I come from, and the fact that North Park is filled with douche bags on any given Saturday night is a fact.

  It's hard to believe that as recently as fall, 2006, North Park was still a place where Scolari's Office existed and Bill Wesley could headline a show.  Saturday's show looked like it was a relatively last minute add- especially since the Bar Pink website doesn't have the show listed.  I went because it was an early show, a free show and because I thought it would be fun to go to Bar Pink in the Early evening- which- strangely enough- was also a main reason I went to that Wild Weekend show in 2007 at Bar Pink.

  The opening band was The Scepters, who are located on the Nuggets/"Swami rock" spectrum.  They were a conventional rock four piece with Kelly Alvarez in the band but more of a "featured player" then a main focus- which I actually think is a pretty good look for the band generally speaking, a "something else" that distinguishes them from other competent garage rock foursomes.   The musicianship was above average/excellent- I thought the drummer in particular was really good.

   The combination of song writing styles: 60s garage rock/psych rock with an interlude of 50s style ballad is something that should be explored more often by musicians, since the ballad can be such a dilemma.  One way to get around that problem is to just go "totally 50s" for the ballad, and if it's a really good song, people will just like it and not consider it cheesy.

  Personally, I'm just waiting for Kelly Alvarez to write her version of Rosie & The Originals Angel Baby.  When is that going to happen, Kelly Alvarez?  I'm interested to see how far The Scepters can take it. Certainly an LP on Swami Records makes perfect sense.  A West Coast tour?  All distinct possibilities.

   Deep Time was the headliner and focus of a "Hospitality Suite" test episode.  For details about the Hospiality Suite project, check out this San Diego Reader article from last week.

   Deep Time was formerly known as Yellow Fever.  They've existed since 2006 as  Yellow Fever.
They have an LP coming out on Hardly Art records, which has a press release penned by Ian Svenonius of Nation of Ulysses, The Make-Up & Weird War, which says, "while Deep Time’s not “garish” and “don’t wear kabuki make-up or pour PBR” on their heads, it's a “sweet ride” all the same, producing a record on which every song “is a bon-a-fide catastrophe for the forces of predictability and boredom.”

  That comment is certainly apt for the serious minded live performance that I saw on Saturday night at Bar Pink.  They are more along the lines of the serious minded indie pop of the Northwest and Midwest then anything else.  The Hardly Art album release is a really good sign for them. The attendance was really good for a show that started at 8 PM!

1 comment:

kellyfever said...

Whoa, didn't think I'd ever see a shout-out on here. Thanks for the kind review. Not sure if my writing skills are up to par with an Angel Baby-esque song, but I'm workin' on it...

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