Jail Weddings At The Satellite With Honey Child And Oozelles, Tuesday September 24th 2019
Tuesday night was a ravishing night at the Satellite, a night with three bands fully passionate about their music, but it was especially the release of Jail Weddings’ new album ‘Wilted Eden’, their first recording in 6 years… ‘What have you been doing these past 6 years?’ asked frontman Gabriel Hart to several people in the crowd, at some point of the show.
But before the epic fervor of Jail Weddings, Honey Child gave us a taste of their sublime chamber pop choir. Led by opera singer Claire McKeown, whose truly remarkable voice is completed by a female choir featuring Aimee Jacobs, Claire Boutelle, Cynthia Zitter, Danielle Mandel, Dayna Richards, and Jacquelyn Sky, their number was a full voice effect with a minimum use of instruments, as they only played a quiet acoustic guitar, a flute, and an occasional French trombone. However, the beauty of their choir of voices was a poignant experience with Claire McKeown’s voice dominating the scene and constantly changing, overwhelmed with emotions during a cover of the Beatles’ ‘Girl’, or effortlessly soaring with a Roy-Orbison vibration during their own ones. Their set was a delicate and peaceful half an hour filled with subtle sonic details and charming harmonies transcending the melodies.
Oozelles could be called a supergroup of indie bands, rallying members of Dante Vs Zombies, Sex Stains, Jail Weddings, Ivory Deville, Warpaint, Starlite Desperation, and Neo Globs. You may not know what I am talking about but the result is as explosive as it is surprising. Frontman Dante White Aliano and his tall body were all over the band’s bizarre circus of sounds, with obsessive to sinister keyboards, excited bongos, constantly shifting tempos, and high-energy freak-outs. These bizarro-world punks kept it weird all-set-long in a series of sax injections, guitars suddenly turned funky and plenty of surprises, including a number involving a folding chair. Their unclassifiable music had anxious accelerations and was absolutely making no sense to common ears, although it was completely understood by bodies which kept moving during their totally danceable music. With Jada Wagensomer on bass, David Orlando on drums, Samuel Banuelos on guitar, Gregory Marino on sax, Philipp Alberto Minnig on guitar, and of course Dante White Aliano on vocals and acrobatics, their set was an intense and fun after-hour party going off the rails and never recovering. Eclectic, unpredictable and even exotic at times, their sonic chaos could not have been a better opening for Jail Weddings.
Jail Weddings have been absent for too long, but they were really back to their glory last night. Their expensive songs interpreted by a large band fronted by the always charismatic Gabriel Hart have to be the soundtrack of any tragic romance, they could envision any bad ending, and could write the letters d.o.o.m. all over any flourishing love. The theatrical performance was over the top, as I like it, while their famous ‘death-punk-doo-wop’ sonic extravaganza was as emotionally charged as I remember, and executed with their signature cinematic swagger. There is not a stage big enough for them and that’s why Gabriel Hart kept jumping in the crowd to aggressively bump into fans while starting a half-moshing move in the middle of a pour-your-heart-out tune. Hart, who is an incredible singer and frontman, was constantly arms-in-the-air, while the fast foot-tapping tempo that the band brought with untamed energy, transported the music to the next level. Everything was executed with the strength of an army, the fervor of a country song and sang with the drunkness of an Irish tune,… soon a few people were rolling on the floor anyway. There was a bit of the driving force of the Clash, the lyricism of the Smiths or the drunk abandon of the Pogues, all wrapped up around a daring girl-group wall of sound, or a western bravado. Their set was a stage-burning number, with a series of anthems to run very far away.
Love Me Like I’m Dead
I Must Keep My Woman Happy
Father’s Eyes, (Can’t Wait to Get To)
Face of Kindness
It’s Not Fair
Do Anything You Want To Me
Red Light Rhythm
Qualify of Mercy
Do You Really Want The World?
Hard 2B Good