The Sun and the Sea, a five-piece, emo-influenced synth band, opened the night at the Firebird with a short set of tunes which included "Waves" and "Valiant" from 2012's "Vega." "Valiant" came off as drippy, with the droll sentiment, "You are the one, what am I to do?"
After an inebriated fan hollered, "We love you, Tristen!" the Nashville, Tenn. resident deftly avoided being inundated with drunken proclamations of love by returning the fan's adoration with, "All right, everybody hug their neighbor! C'mon!"
Animal Empty opened the raucous evening at the Firebird with a gothic set of tunes helmed by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Ali Ruby. The four-piece band slid from heavy post-rock verses to jams that featured a light Latin influence, which Ruby accentuated with nice trumpet work.
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.
Mon July 28
The Driftaways are a seven-man reggae band hailing from St. Louis. Their E.P. "Don't Hide" is full of high-energy jams and groovy improvisations that give the band's music a good-time vibe.