Man, I really like these guys (I'll be at the Bluebird on Thursday!).
Show did seem a little hesitant at first (which kind of means A- instead of A+), but once they hit "Tumblin' Down" they really took off. Then they took it further with "Victor". Then they proceeded to take it to even higher plateaus with "Blow My Brains", "Air Tran", and finally "Galaxy Girl" (which sort of ended the set and served as the encore at the same time; it's complicated). In between the peaks, there were some nice rockin', funky and smooth interludes (Bobby has some great new tunes, it seems).
The only drawback was a small turnout, but those who were there were shakin' up a storm. I have to chalk up the low turnout to unfamiliarity (and maybe to exams at CU?), because $10 is the bargain of the century to see these guys. If you like to hear good songs and also hear them get taken "out there", or if you like to shake your bones to some funky grooves and also rock out like a punk, this group is the best value you will get for your dollar. And don't let the "small" list of songs fool you, they played for over 2 hours!
Set list (approx.):
Taking Our California *
Outer Space *
When The Walls Come Tumblin' Down *
Body In The Lake *
Victor The Snakeman *
Blow My Brains Out
Air Tran Woman
Fall Into The Sky
Galaxy Girl >
"Encore" break: Drum interlude > (Bobby & Ted stepped offstage)
"Encore": Galaxy Girl (reprise)
* Ted on acoustic bass; Ted on electric bass (Fender Jazz?) all other tracks
(I've left out several other " > " that probably should be there, because there were very few real "breaks" between songs; this was much to the chagrin of the Fox lighting guy, who seemed to be enjoying himself doing the lights but was upset that it took 2 whole minutes for everyone to decide that the show was actually over, given the interesting "Galaxy Girl" arrangement)
I would also like to mention the opening act, a band called "The Beebs". Four members, comprised of 3 guys playing guitar, bass, & drums respectively, and a young lady vocalist who added sparse organ "flourishes" here and there. My impression was of a combination of Barenaked Ladies (she was not), No Doubt, and Lisa Loeb influences, with possible Bright Eyes and Shins aspirations. Well crafted songs and tight arrangements, although there wasn't much to speak of in terms of instrumental soloing. I probably should've picked up the CD they were selling after their set, but I'm hoping I'll get the chance to see them again (I believe they're local folks). Possibly too poppy for the hard core Codetalkers fans, but there seemed to be a lot of "Beeb peeps" there for the opening set, so somebody likes them, and I can understand why.
Looks like a killer show. Nice read!...thanks for writing it. Yeah 10 bucks man...you'd think?..right?!
Glad you dig them.
"Take over California"
Right on D_R! They are such a fun time indeed, and they will make you shake your bones alright!!
Yay!!!! Sounds like a great night!
I can't wait for next weekend!! San Francisco will be there in force!
Emily on the rail for Codetalkers
Right where she belongs!
Thx for the great review!!
Can't wait to see them up here in Humboldt on 4-30
Crap, I thought that show was tonight (was picking with some folks in Longmont last night). D_R, the Fox had emailed free tickets: Had I known you were going, I would have forwarded you one so you could have saved the $10.