ugghh - what a review. Since when do bands that play good music have to engage in "theatrics"? Fine if they do, and you're into that sort of thing. But plenty of us go to see music for the, you know, *music*. On that basis Winterpills were, IMO, the best band there. Very good musicianship, great singing and harmonies, and a guitarist who actually didn't feel the need to let his ego intrude on the songs.
Stars of Track and Field could not be accused of a lack of theatrics. Unfortunately, their theatrics, complete with overblown light show, were the most memorable part of their performance. Unless you're into Radiohead meets Coldplay cover bands. Except if they'd been singing covers it would have been less cliched.
Bound Stems put on a good performance. Clever, quirky songs that keep you on your toes. Nice interplay between the two leads.
The Long Winters were obviously the main draw for the crowd there, who seemed to be getting into it. They played well enough - good, tight performance from a band who obviously knows their material very well. But having said that, I and my two friends found their music pretty insipid. Same old same old. Nothing particularly original. At first I thought maybe it was meant to be a bit of a tongue-in-cheek poke at classic rock, but as the show went on I figured they were playing it straight up. Yawn.
OK - before I get slammed, obviously plenty of people will disagree with me, and that's fine. Just thought I'd offer a different take on the evening.