"Is it a fucking Tuesday night in St. Louis?!" howled Saint Motel point man A/J Jackson before the band busted into "Daydream/Wetdream/Nightdream." A proper answer was weeded out with a quick glance towards the nearest iPhone. Jackson needed no response, but the question was fair.
tUnE-yArDs at the Ready Room stole the attendance award on Thursday night in St. Louis. As the Demo's neighbor nabbed heads for Merrill Garbus' looped avant-pop recital, Wampire stared down a mellow gathering of perhaps 25 fans. It's worth noting that October 7, 2014 was the release date for Wampire's sophomore effort "Bazaar." Few in that room, save for the band, seemed to be aware.
The dimly lit room of mostly blue lights and an urban industrial vibe created peculiar warmth as Mike Keneally, bassist Doug Lunn and Drummer Gregg Bendian took the stage at the Demo Friday night.
It was a hell of a weekend for music lovers of St. Louis. On Friday James Murphy came to town and induced a feral dance party at 110 BPM, while Pokey LaFarge and Dave Alvin drew hundreds of roots-music fans to Casa Loma and Off Broadway; on Saturday a riptide of the best local bands churned their audiences in and out of the current along Washington Avenue for the Riverfront Times Music Showcase, while Son Volt performed at the Pageant; and on Sunday night Darwin Deez graced us with its weightless, magical presence at the Demo.