Sunday, May 02, 2010

Hot nites

It's no secret that Sir Arthur & the Royal Knights were one of my favorite bands around here. I even had them play my birthday party a couple of years ago. I loved their Nuggets-style nasty garage rock. So when Arthur quit  and the band decided to go on as the Royal Nites with Abe Quinn singing, I kind of had mixed feelings, especially when I kept hearing that the band sounds vastly different now.

Friday night at Slim's I found out that sounding different is an awesome thing, because now they sound pretty much like AC/DC, which is of course my second favorite band in the world (next to Led Zeppelin). The main force driving the AC/DC comparison is Abe who sound almost exactly like Brian Johnson, but yet has all of Bon Scott's swagger. I'll admit that they sounded a bit more original with the more garag-y sound, but I love them ten times more like this.

Check out the video below.

The Royal Nites from Mann's World on Vimeo.

The Spring Collection, which is the new band with Sam Madison, Greg Rice and Mark Connor (sorry, don't know the drummer's name), had the un-enviable duty of following the Royal Nites. This was their debut show, and I really wasn't sure what to expect. Turns out that it's intelligent, skinny-tie pop, reminding me very much of early Joe Jackson. Good stuff. I'm looking forward to seeing them again.

Oh, and btw, Slim's has upgraded their sound system, so all the bands sounded great. I didn't stick around for the Loners, but I imagine they sounded fine too.

The Spring Collection from Mann's World on Vimeo.

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