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My Dear Disco @ 10klf

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Posted by shore On July - 24 - 2009

mydeardiscotenk My Dear Disco @ 10klf @Rob_Shore I wasn’t sure what the late night situation would be after Wilco, with Atmosphere and two other bands I had never heard of. I had heard a lot of good things about My Dear Disco, so I figured I’d check them out. They were running pretty late at the Saloon and the crowd at Atmosphere looked like fun, so we decided to check it out. As soon as we got to a good spot in the crowd it started to pour. Without even stopping to look at the stage, we booked it back to the Saloon just in time to see My Dear Disco start their set.

Packing the tiny Saloon stage with seven people, their robust sound filled the room and got people moving in no time. It might have had something to do with the rain, but I’ll give them credit, the whole crowd was into the show from the first note. The first thing I noticed was the electronica aspect of their music. Two keyboardists and two guitarists layering textures on top of one another made for some really interesting sounds, while the drummer and bass player kept the dance groove going.

The thing that impressed me the most about them though were the vocals. I’ve been a fan of electronic music with female vocals since I heard the New Deal album with their female vocalist. She wasn’t always loud enough in the mix, but from what I could hear she sounded great. The harmonies are what really got my attention though. Four part harmonies were a staple of just about every song, and that’s definitely one way to my heart.

They gave us about an hour straight of originals that had the crowd moving the entire time. Then they got into a few covers. First up was the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” which seemed perfect for that band to be playing. They nailed it and the crowd let them know. From there the cover train continued with Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish.” I can’t hear that song without thinking about “Wild Wild West” which samples “I Wish.” The band obviously thought the same way, as the drummer went Def Leopard for a bit so he could hold a mic while he did Will Smith’s rap. Overall I was really impressed by the septet. They may be the best late night saloon set we get this year at 10klf.

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