|Oblivians- no "the" FYI- Casbah wrote it as The Oblivians on their website, d'oh.|
Shake Before Us
& The Kabbs
@ The Casbah
Haven't been to the Casbah since April, when I went to see Kurt Vile. I was happy to be back last night, excited even. I went to this show cold simply because they've been selling so many copies of their LP on the Midheaven/Revolver site- currently #6 on the Midheaven/Revolver Six Month Top seller chart (Dirty Beaches is #4 on the same chart.) So I know, for a fact, that Oblivians are going to sell six figures worth of music. That's just a cold hard fact about the Audience for Oblivians, so if I see that a band that has sold that many records is coming to San Diego it's my business to see them live.
The price point last night was 15 USD, fine with me, but maybe the reason the show didn't sell out. If the ticket costs 15 bucks the show doesn't really have to sell out, but the fact that this is the first record by Oblivians in a decade plus probably accounts for both the high sales of the record and the inability to sell out the Casbah on a Saturday night.
The crowd was a solid garage rock crew- much older then the group that showed up, in force at the Shannon and the Clams show last month (unreviewed), but still recognizable as the local Audience for garage rock. One might reasonably have a discussion about whether garage rock is "hot" or "not" at any specific moment, but the established Audience is not open for discussion. A garage rock outfit with a solid pedigree (prior tours, record out) can count on a minimum Audience of something close to a hundred, and this includes people who will go the Tower Bar on a Tuesday.
Garage rock fans are typified by a long-term commitment to the sound, and they make for a great, respectful Audience- the number of people smoking on the patio during the set was low last night. The Casbah staff looked happy to be there, and Tim Mays himself was in attendance. Clearly this was a show that the venue itself was excited about.
|Octa#grape- locals with the chops to go National/International- need the right label: In The Red, Swami, Hardly Art|
Label wise they would be a good fit for an In The Red, a Hardly Art or a Swami- or a newer label that is looking for a band with a shot at making a national impact. The band looked older (as am I) so I'm not sure if they are going to be hitting the road full time but it looks like they've already been to sxsw and toured Europe as an opening act.
While I was watching them last night, I was literally tapping my show companion on the shoulder and saying, "Wow- these guys are really good." That doesn't happen very often.
Hopefully I will be able to see more of them in the future.
|Weedeater, from Wilmington North Carolina plays Soda Bar on Tuesday night!|