New blog on the Indie Pop Alliance Show

Hey everyone,

A little JoJo action...

A little JoJo action...

A blog site called Too Much Rock posted a few words and photos to represent the killer time we all had last Friday at Crosstown Station in KCMO. Check out the entire show review here, or our section after the break:

Dead Girls (for those who aren’t locals) are a Kansas City foursome built from the guitarists/vocalists of Podstar and the rhythm section of Ultimate Fakebook. The band is a textbook definition of power pop, and like others in the genre, owes everything to Cheap Trick and Big Star. The band holds no delusions there. For 50 minutes this foursome owned the stage, exuding enough energy to feed a packed arena, but all the while still maintaining a laid back and informal atmosphere …

Dead Girls (for those who aren’t locals) are a Kansas City foursome built from the guitarists/vocalists of Podstar and the rhythm section of Ultimate Fakebook. The band is a textbook definition of power pop, and like others in the genre, owes everything to Cheap Trick and Big Star. The band holds no delusions there.

For 50 minutes this foursome owned the stage, exuding enough energy to feed a packed arena, but all the while still maintaining a laid back and informal atmosphere completely appropriate for the dozen appreciative fans standing up front. It’s obvious that every member of the band simply loves making music, but the playful smiles drummer Eric Melin shared with bassist Nick Colby are undeniably infectious.

The band follows a simple formula: rhythm guitars cradle listeners before handing off the focus to razor sharp hammered leads that urge the audience to action. Occasionally the band inserts a choppy rhythm as to evince its love for of 80s alternative acts such as The Replacements or The Pixies. All the while Colby’s bass lines climb adventurously, providing much more than the expected low-end support. Guitarists JoJo Longbottom and Cameron Hawk share vocal duties, swapping the lead responsibilities on a song-by-song basis, but always providing harmonious backing vocals when not given the spotlight. The band may not have invented this sound, but they are so adroit at reproducing it that it feels like they own it.

The band closed with “Out of Earshot” – the title track from the band’s forthcoming album. During the song, Colby and Longbottom lined the front of the stage displaying their best rock poses, they played back-to-back, each pushing the other to see how low the duo could stand, Colby looped his bass around Hawk and continued to play it while effectively giving a bear hug, there were great cymbal crashes, and a big pounding finish suitable for the inaugural show of The Indie Pop Alliance. Too bad only two-dozen people witnessed it.

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