There were two ways a person might have witnessed Wednesday nights show at Crowbar: standing within the venue, or looking in from the patio through its fogged up windows. The line to get in was wrapped around the block by 9 p.m., and the concerned expressions on the faces at the tail end of it told the whole story: not everyone was getting in. [All photos by Tracy May.]
Even from outside, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin sounded as light-hearted and precise as they do on their three LPs, and anyone who didnt witness the opening set which actually started at its scheduled time was probably kicking themselves for not coming out earlier. The late addition of SSLBY made for a stacked bill and by the time Two Door Cinema Club hit the stage, the room was packed with wall-to-wall people.
The theme of the night might as well have been youth, and while Two Door and Tokyo played two musically distinctive sets, both bands members (and their numerous roadies) were about as fresh-faced as most of the kids in attendance. Formally clad in slacks and a suit coat, TDCC frontman Alex Trimble [pictured right] led his outfit through a nearly hour-long set that had the windows fogged up just five songs in.
Hailing from Northern Ireland, the Glassnote Records signees got a dance party started with songs like Do You Want It All and This is the Life, and never looked back. Making good use of their AKAI MRC-1000, Trimble & Co. seamlessly blended samples with live percussion from Shawn Costa, and while the band seemed bedazzled by the fact that much of the room knew every word to their songs, what was most impressive was the way guitarist Sam Halliday made use of his pedal board.