The openers were New Zealand based band The Ruby Suns. The three piece seemed a little off, which they admitted (blaming on the pasta they ate before the show), but still sparkled with their infectious world beats and electronic flourishes that sounded like Animal Collective covering Os Mutantes. The band was supplemented by a drum machine and a sampler and usually had all three singing while playing guitar, bass, keyboard and stand up drums. Anyone who knows me well knows I love stand up drums, and tonight was no different. The lead singer would program a beat in the Boss SP 404, play some drums on the drum machine (live sampling) and then have the two ladies in the band join in with their bass and keyboards. He would play swirling psychedelic-Tropicalia guitar and sing soaring harmonies. He would take a break from guitar to pound some tribal drums during most of songs. The effort they put in was very impressive. Like I said, they were not quite firing on all cylinders, but I saw a lot of potential from them. There music was upbeat and infectious, and I think the small crowd on a cold Saturday night in a windowless dungeon did not bring out the best in them. Hopefully next time I see them it will be in a more inviting surrounding.
I see very big things in the future for both of these bands. Like I said at the top, I feel like some day I will be standing in a large crowd waiting for one of these bands to come on and will have to wax nostalgia to the young whippersnappers who missed out on seeing these two great bands “before they were big”.