Bleached with opening acts The Hollow Boys and Ex-Cops on 4/28/2013 at The Turf Club In St Paul MN
The first time I saw Bleached was just over a year ago when they opened for Veronica Falls. My wife loved them and we got their third single and had the band sign it. It was a great time.
This time around they were in a smaller venue, The Turf Club. The actual size of the Turf Club is larger than the 7th Entry but, it seemed, a lesser known venue. It is also just a standard bar with a few tables and chairs scattered about the floor. The doors opened at 8 P.M. We got there at a quarter to 8 and, because it is a normal bar, the doors were open for patrons already. There were a couple pinball machines and a couple video games. There was a photo booth too. The sound guy seemed a bit inept but I don’t think I could have done any better. The opening act did not take the stage until 9:30. I was very disappointed with an extra half hour wait. I expected the first opening act to start at 9.
This is the first time I had been there. Not having been there I preordered tickets for fear of the show selling out. Was I ever wrong there. The place was not even a quarter full even when Bleached went on at 11 P.M. I was a bit disappointed as I want Bleached to gain a healthy following like some of the other bands that I follow regularly. We already had the album on CD and Vinyl so at the end of the night before we left we bought a Bleached tote bag. I have been, not on purpose, collecting totes from various bands over the past few years. This is the first one that I have paid for. All of the others have been free gifts with deluxe edition albums. I think my favorite one is the quarter size tote bag from Violet & Claire for the Indie Pop Lesson record and book set.
The first band to open is called The Hollow Boys. They played six or seven songs. It was very noisy, distorted sounds. I like noise but I guess I wasn’t ready for it considering bleached and Ex-Cops don’t play that style of music. They are a three piece group comprising of a female drummer, female bassist and male guitarist. The drummer also sang backup vocals to the guitarists lead vocals. The drums were interesting as it was a cymbal, a snare and a floor tom. All three drums were lined up next to each other and she stood behind them instead of sitting. She kind of reminded me of a hip librarian but when she played them came off kind of awkward looking. She kept time great though. The bassist played something that looked like a fender but I couldn’t tell because she faced the guitarist the whole time. The guitarist played some kind of SG I think (The guitar that the lead guitarist for AC/DC plays). I couldn’t tell for sure because he faced the drummer most of the time. It doesn’t make for a very entertaining show when 2/3 of the band won’t face the audience. I was not really happy with this group because of that.
Ex-Cops took the stage next. I had looked up some of their music a bit after I bought tickets. I thought they were good but not exactly what I was looking for. I was still excited to see them in concert though because the music I had seen was very good. They are two guitarists, a bassist, a drummer and a keyboardist. All of them except the drummer, that I was aware of, added vocals in some way to the group. Also, all of them are guys except the keyboardist. I am not sure if it was the sound guys fault or most of the band was just not there mentally but the drums were lost through most of the set, the lead guitarist didn’t seem to shine through. The rhythm guitarist had a cool Dan Electro guitar plugged into a cool sounding fender combo amp. I loved the sound but it seemed to get lost in the music at times. It was really the bassist that drove through all of the noise that was on stage. I could hear his playing the most. He was really awesome, all over that fret board making sense of each song and so animated in his movements. I don’t usually go to concerts just looking for what the bassist is playing but sometimes it is hard not to as I am a bassist too. He was the highlight of the set. Of the songs they played I recall hearing only one on the internet when I did a search of their music. I can’t remember if Separator was the last song of the set but I do remember hearing it.
Bleached took the stage at 11 P.M. and played thirteen songs in a one hour set. I was very excited to find out that they had a new bassist. They switched out the guy for a girl. I don’t know why but she did add some much needed additional back up vocals to the group. She also played a clear body bass that sounded very cool. I don’t know if she knows it but Jessica can’t play and sing backup vocals in tune. I don’t really care but I do notice it at the same time. I like the band and would see them any time they came to the Minneapolis/St Paul area regardless. One thing I was disappointed with was that Jennifer was not playing her Dan Electro guitar. I really like the sound of that guitar. I think she was playing a standard Fender Stratocaster in red for this concert. I had seen pictures on the internet of her playing it when she first got it. It doesn’t have that unique sound of a Dan Electro but still sounded very cool. The only points where I was disappointed in the music was when parts of the recorded versions of the song had to be replaced with a bit from the guitar. For example there is a three note run in the middle of Searching Through The Past that is played on a piano of some kind. I can’t really blame them as this is a key part of the song that needs to be done a different way when on tour. Radiohead does the same thing with parts of their music on tour and it is acceptable. Why shouldn’t it be acceptable with another band?
I want to thank The Turf Club for having them and all three groups, The Hollow Boys, Ex-cops and Bleached for making this night so much fun for both me and my wife! Hope you will be stopping in the Minneapolis/St Paul area again for your next album!
Waiting By The Telephone
Searching Through The Past
Think Of You
Dead In Your Head
Looking For A Fight
Outta My Mind
No Friend Of Mine
Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World (Ramones Cover)
When I Was Yours
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