By the time hardcore quintet Every Time I Die took the stage, the sold-out Firebird crowd had already been pummeled by openers Thrills and Kills and had witnessed the Chariot's equally furious set, which featured guitarist Stephen Harrison playing upside-down while hanging from the venue's ceiling.
It always impresses me just how loud and complete some two-piece bands can sound. The Black Keys, the White Stripes and the Kills are the first that come to mind, but after Tuesday night at the Firebird I might have to put a new pair at the top of that list: Japandroids.
Japandroids guitarist and singer Brian King acknowledged to the audience that the band hasn't stopped through St. Louis frequently enough, and promised an extra-long and energetic set for the sold-out room at the Firebird.
With dark sunglasses, a darker 10-gallon, a couple of Guy Fawkes-inspired beards and plenty of "rock 'n' roll about rock," the Supersuckers reasserted their self-declared title of "the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world" at the Firebird.
My favorite thing to do when I get to a show early is people watch, and, with three openers before the Fresh & Onlys took the stage at the Firebird on Friday night, I had a lot of time to survey the crowd.
Thursday night at the Firebird was a great place for a geek. Using video game sound cards, Super NES controls and an old NES Power Pad with chiptune, pop-rockers I Fight Dragons made references ranging from Edgar Allan Poe to Star Wars to Moby Dick.
Mon February 3
The Dock Ellis Band is a good time, honky tonk, drinking band from St. Louis that has released a twelve song LP entitled Bad Songs And Waltzes (recorded at Native Sound Studio). The bands first full length…