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Show Review: CD102.5 Holiday Show

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Show Review: CD102.5 Holiday Show
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The LC played host to this years annual Cd102.5 Holiday show on Sunday night. Featuring a handful of up and coming bands and the fuzz-rock powerhouse Silversun Pickups.

The evening started early, so early that I missed opening band Cloud Nothings who I’m told put on a splendidly frantic jam rock set – sorry!

The first band I did see were Nashville’s The Features who delivered a pleasant set of uncomplicated pop that’s currently saturating the alternative radio airwaves. While they’re certainly not a bad band, they just didn’t do quite enough to capture the growing crowd inside the LC.

Next up were Delta Spirit, a band that are currently enjoying a pretty heavy rotation on CD102.5 with their single “Tear it up”. The San Diego band played every song like they were about to burst and at times looked a little too eager to please, but the effort was certainly appreciated by those in the audience who were starting to show a few signs of life.

The evening’s headliners, Silversun Pickups have transformed into pop-rock megastars over the past few years. Since the bands early Indie laced EP “Pikul” each release has featured bigger, louder and fatter guitar hooks and the band are more than comfortable bringing their monstrous sound to the stage.

Opening with “Skin Graph,” the band looked as professional as I’ve ever seen a rock band. There was little room in the set for stopping to acknowledge the crowd (or each other), it’s all about the music – a distorted wall of blistering guitar pop-rock, with irresistible bouncing bass-lines and machine-gun drums. It’s hard not to be impressed.

Backed by an vibrant light show of blistering red, orange and blue, the band wasted no time in showing the LC crowd why their current release “Neck of the Woods,” is on many critics “Best of the Year” list. Aubert and Co. look comfortable and confident. The always smiling Sarah Negahdari – currently filling in for usual bassist Nikki Monninger – looks like she’s been with the band for years.

The band do feel a little too professional at times though, each member knows their parts so well they almost have no need to even look at each other and the sparsely populated LC stage looked even larger than normal, with drummer Christopher Guaniao stranded in his own world on a drum riser way back on the stage.

The set was a mix of mostly newer songs and older gems. A few of the slower tempo songs dragged a little, but contrasted well against the bands heavier volume-cranking songs. “The Royal We,” and “Panic Switch” were met with huge cheers while radio favorite “Lazy Eye” finally sparked the crowd into a lively bounce.

CD102.5 should be proud at putting together yet another quality evening of affordable live music. The addition of the Holiday Show over the past few years is a welcome addition the stations other yearly multiple-band show collection.

As Brian Aubert stated, midway though the Silversun Pickup’s set, “Your radio station, is, pretty great”. “Columbus, is, pretty great”

Matt Ellis is a freelance photographer who covers bands that visit the city and the Columbus Crew MLS team. More about Matt can be found at Matt Ellis Photography.

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