Last night felt like old home week, with so many G-boro folk in town. The only thing that would have made it complete would have been if Mitch McGirt, grabbed the guitar from Andy Cabic and started playing some Duran Duran covers.
The first band was The Heavy Pets, including (pictured) Art from Mercury Birds and Allnight on vocals/guitar. I'd never seen Heavy Pets before, and they really reminded me a whole lot of Allnight, which always reminded me a lot of The Allman Brothers, with maybe a little Blue Oyster Cult thrown in.
Most of Vetiver
The rest of Vetiver: See-through Sanders
However, I was mainly looking forward to see Vetiver (Myspace), who just released a phenomenal new CD, "To Find Me Gone." Andy, who is the soul of Vetiver, used to be in The Raymond Brake (listen to last Sunday's podcast for more from Vetiver and The Raymond Brake), and both Sanders and Brend from the band used to be in another Greensboro band, Rebar. I enjoyed The Raymond Brake -- they were fun, poppy, cute boys who wrote fun, poppy, cute music. But Andy's music, lyrics and vocal presence have grown so far beyond the Raymond Brake that it's hard to believe both bands were fronted by the same guy. I've yet to get "Been so Long" or "Maureen" out of my head. Check out the videos from Wednesday's show.