Last Night: Humanoids, Deep Sleep and 50 Kids at Tip Top Food & Spirits in Soulard
Where: Tip Top Food & Spirits, 9th and Victor streets, home of the RFT's "Best Bar Food" in 2008.
Why: Because a show at a new, intimate venue is cause for excitement.
Who: Baltimore's Deep Sleep, New Jersey's Psyched to Die, and locals the Humanoids and Sack Lunch of St. Louis.
There's regular time, and then there's punk time. So when the flyer for a show says "8 p.m." it's going to be more like at least 45 minutes to an hour after that before any riffs are played. But the regular delay actually served a purpose Thursday -- besides more time to drink, watch the Blues hockey game and socialize, about 50 people took time to explore Tip Top Food & Spirits, a Soulard establishment that opened this past year a few blocks from the ABInBev brewery. The tavern hosted its first show, and it's safe to say that besides this reviewer, most people hadn't ventured into the bar before. The gig was held in the upstairs portion of the place, which had three rooms, the fourth quarter occupied by a staircase to the downstairs dining room.
We can hopefully expect bigger things from the group in 2009, if the final song of its set (the working title is "Escape") was any indication; these newer songs promise to take the four-piece beyond intentionally basic pop-punk. (Just last July, they were covering Blink 182's "Josie.") For comparison, think of the the first Latterman record and yes, the first two Blink 182 records, Cheshire Cat and Dude Ranch. "That's what got me into pop punk," Jones said plainly, after the band's set. Jones also took time to promote his hip-hop group (seriously), King Kong Magnetics*
|Psyched to Die|
The show was over by about 11:30 p.m., which because of the 20-minute sets, made sure this show did not get over at "punk time." With nothing broken, the bartender busy all night and plenty of people in a place that might have only a dozen or so patrons otherwise, the show appeared a success. Til next time.
*I incorrectly put "Mechanics" on the original version of this post!