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.
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.