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Susan Sed At Arlene's Grocery, Wednesday, February 19th, 2014, Reviewed

Susan Sed Has A Cold

Susan Sed Has A Cold

Near the end of power rockers the Susan Sed Band’s 30 minute plus set at Arlene’s Grocery Wednesday night, Susan mentions she is playing an acoustic set at The Winery At St. George in Mohegan Lake this summer and all I have to say is the thought of this barrel house of a singer playing acoustic boggles the mind. “I have bronchitis and the bassist has the flu but rock and roll never stops, man”, the tall willowy, long stemmed Susan explained near the top of the night but nothing could stop her playing a dynamic nine song set which kept the club rolling .

At 7pm at night.

On a Wednesday.

With every reason to phone it in, Sed lead her excellent bassist and drummer Matthew Rocchio and Adam Acetta, and greenhorn lead guitarist Brendan Saadat through a hard nosed, phlegm promised roar of rock exemplified by the terrific “Teetering” with its edgy blues riffs and Susans exulted downer “Into The Void”. An early set highlight was matched by power ballad from the movie “Federal Hill”, the beautiful and powerful “Run You Away”; it is like an 80s soundtrack to a movie in your head ith a towering guitar solo by Brendan.

Near the end Susan exposed  “Mr. Touchy Feely” about a man who exposed himself to her in Central Park. She told the story wryly but the sound was a smart series of sharp grooves. The mid set “Just Don’t Care”  with the rhythm department just about everything you could ever hope it might be and the band rolling on all cylinders ended in a coughing fit. Susan is obviously not well but the professionalism that has brought her this far kept her going.

In support of 2012’s energetic Polyvynilchloride, Susan is a commanding stage presence though the she should have moved past the cold jokes a lot earlier. That’s nitpicking to a degree but still snot jokes will only get you so far and if i was meant as any form of apology none was needed, indeed her voice was superb -especially the upper register, which, as Susan told me later, was actually opened up a little and actually, the voice commanded the stage: it is what she is about. Susan writes for her voice and songs like “Just Don’t Care” and “Car” are built to build to powerful chorus where she can really let loose and despite a cold she never waivers right through to the closing “Run Jack Run”.

A knock down drag out battle between ill health and the spirit of rock and roll and the spirit of rock and roll won.

Grade: B+

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