Synthetic Division - We have a vocalist and a guy on the synthesizer here. This is pleasant sort of pop dance music with a bit of a pulse to it. When the synth cranks up, it is reasonably effective. Other times it is a bit soft as the vocals are awfully quiet. The soundman got them up a bit in the latter half which helped as they are decent enough for the material. They did evoke a Tangerine Dream sound with a sequencer type rhythm a few times, which is a nice foreshadowing of this Sunday's show. Nothing too dazzling here for me, but they were effective enough, and there is a lot to be positive about when you see the quote of the night below.
Lenorable - I reviewed an ep from this local duo a few months back, but missed the release show. As I thought they were quite good, I am happy to be able to catch their 43 minute set tonight. They have a guy on 12 and 6 string electric guitar and a female singer who handles the backing tracks on computer. They exhibited all the moves I recall from the record with great goth/post punk shimmering guitar runs reminiscent of John McGeoch (Magazine/Banshees) or Robert Smith (Cure). I really like the vocals as she has a quivering strength as she graces the notes with a moody edginess that keeps this listener on his toes. The backing tracks are solid and thankfully the 20-25 people remaining were fully in communion with this band's music. They rocked well toward the end of the set, finishing it off with a flourish of strong chords and melodic vocals. They have all the goods to pull in just about anyone into post-punk. Although this is fine for now, there are some limitations that they may need to address long-term. But that is a ways away and there is plenty to enjoy right now.
Quote of the Night: From the Singer of Synthetic Division... "I'm celebrating 25 years of being alive after being diagnosed with HIV at age 11(!! Hope I heard that age correctly). So let's all celebrate being alive tonight." Hear hear.