>Oddly enough, last night was my first show of 2011, but it certainly did not disappoint! I went with two of my bestest concert buds, Tron and the Felarcanator. Was also supposed to meet up with the roomie, but we continued our trend of Not Seeing Each Other, Ever. Anyway, tickets were originally purchased due to the fact that Ra Ra Riot was headlining, and well…duh, but it had the added benefit of showcasing Pepper Rabbit (who I saw with Freelance Whales late last year) and some random other band, Givers.
Pepper Rabbit kicked the night off, and I enjoyed them from the balcony, whiskey ginger in hand. They had quite the crowd watching, as you can see…normally opening acts at Neumos have 2 or 3 rows at the front and an empty backfield as people try and consume as many libations as possible before the headliners come on. The Los Angeles based band is certainly worth checking out if you get a chance.
Next came the Givers, which imho were clearly the stars of the night. From Lafayette, Louisiana, they had a great indie pop dance sound. Super high energy, the drummer was a beast, and Tiffany, the girl of the group was a real show stopper. She played the xylophone, drums and a ukulele and was very good at all of them (particularly the drums). You can tell they’re still in the process of refining their music and have made vast strides since the release of their EP, to what today’s version of Up Up Up sounds like. Full album coming out soon…should be some really good stuff!