I made it out on Friday night to TT Reynolds to catch a slice of the DC area's goth music scene. I specifically went to see 51 Peg, as I've been a fan of their music for a few years but never got around to actually seeing them live.
The opener was a band called Chrysalis and they kicked my ass. Their music was awesome and their stage presence was outstanding. A plus for me is that they play this music live with Telecasters and a hollowbody Gibson. I wish they had a better online presence than the MySpace page...with a common name like 'Chrisalis', it makes them hard to find. They're opening for Powerman 5000 at Jaxx on 6 Oct and Margo and I will probably be there.
23 Rainy Days came up next. Interesting and well done. They call what they do "post punk dance metal." Their MySpace page goes on to describe them as a mixture of emo, melancholy new wave and modern rock, which I think fots better. They're also the only band of the night with a bass player. I dunno if it's quite my style yet, but I'm keeping an open mind. The thing is that the other two bands had a heavier sound which made it hard for me to get into. Will keep listening. They do have a live video online: 23RAINYDAYS "Fire in Tokyo"
51Peg closed the night out with a really short set. The set was all killer and no filler though. I'm just sorry I hadn't seen them earlier. I'm sure I'll see them again and again though. They have a unique sound anchored by their singer and hard, driving synths. While they're electronics-heavy, I never lost the feeling that they're a hard rocking band. There's quite a few live videos of them out there on the net. The one I'm posting below is on their Myspace page. It's the best quality out there as it's a produced live music video rather than the camcorder in the crowd kind of video.
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