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Five Bands In A Barber Shop, At Rudy’s, Saturday July 21st 2018

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Five bands in a Barber shop, this is what will be happening each month at Rudy’s in Silverlake, and if I missed the first installation last month, on Saturday night, I caught the performance of almost four bands inside the spacious warehouse and its very rock ‘n’ roll décor, usually occupied by people in search of a hipster haircut.

I arrived a bit late for Gutter Daisies, but caught the last 2 songs of Vanessa Silberman, a singer songwriter who is also a founding member of the band Diamonds Under Fire. She has obviously been around and has worn many hats in the music business, but since she has launched a solo career, she has been described as ‘the raw bare bones rock ‘n roll of Nirvana & The Ramones along with the appeal of Liz Phair & Chrissie Hynde, authenticity of classic artists such as Patti Smith, Neil Young & the pop sensibilities of commercial radio artists such as Green Day’. Two songs was a bit short to comment on anything, but she surely sounded and looked in charge with hooky and loud choruses ending with an explosive last song with a dark side. With her high pitched and commanding vocals, she knelt down and trashed the place with a distorted guitar as a true queen of punk rock should do. She looked like a true sonic fighter.

Electric Children, featuring Bill Bateman on drums (the Blasters) and Eddie Lopez on guitar and vocals, provided a muscular set of garage rock with plenty of wah (and others) pedals. The quartet’s music unleashed a rocking bravado, while charging with hooky melodies and the type of rock ‘n’ roll that puts the word unrestrained and grunge in mind.

At first, Fime looked like the most low-key band of the night with multi-voices and a dreamy-kaleidoscopic sound, but they got louder and louder, adopting a ferocious head-banging style, led by a singer with a throat-wrenching scream. In the meantime, they also knew how to stay on the fun side at the right moments, balancing aggressive music with sweetness just like one of these surf-pop-rock bands of Burger Records. They were actually celebrating an EP release, and they got excellent points for covering Grandaddy’s ‘A.M. 180’.

But you know what they say, never invite children or they may steal the show… the trio Speed of Light was also playing, and they probably amazed everyone standing in the room, with a sound way beyond their very young ages, 11, 13 and 15, if I understood correctly? They played a trashy, furious, loud rock ‘n’ roll channeling the sweaty side of Detroit. They screamed and meant it and their stage confidence was truly impressive while a type of rawness you don’t see much these days. Cameron on guitar, Tyler on drums and Riley on bass are 3 brothers and sister from Santa Monica and claim to be inspired by everyone fromThe Stooges to Melvins, Sonic Youth, Black Lips, Plague Vendor, Queens of the Stone Age, Wolf Alice, Slaves, Pixies, Led Zeppelin,… to which you could add Black Sabbath or any other prince and princess of darkness because of their hard hitting beats and tough rocking riffs. Of course these prodigies write their own material, and have the right stage antics with a cool moniker, SOL, while they have already rocked the coolest venues in LA, such as The Whisky A Go Go, The Mint, Molly Malone’s and Chain Reaction. Although they all sang, the headbanging howl of this little girl was truly impressive, like a metal queen channeling Ozzy with a rare natural… When you are still a teenager and you are already a killer on stage with the right attitude to trash the place, nothing can stop you.

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Vanessa Silberman

Electric Children

Speed of Light

Fime

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Vanessa Silberman

Speed of Light

Electric Children

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Fime

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Vanessa Silberman,

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Electric Children

Fime

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