Sweet 75 / Sky Cries Mary, the Troubadour, Los Angeles, 3/22/97
Sweet 75 - Evidently, this is Krist Novoselic's new band, which like his former band Nirvana (remember them?), hails from Seattle. Interestingly, they struck me as remarkably generic, and I didn't think they smelled at all like teen spirit.
Sky Cries Mary - As good as their studio albums are, I would venture to say that Sky Cries Mary is something to be experienced live. By just listening to the music, how could you possibly see the bassist Juano's long silver lame skirt and his beglittered pigtails? How could you possibly see singer Anisa Romero's subtle slinky movements and look of strained concentration? How could you be completely enveloped in an inviting wall of sound that was, if I may go off the descriptive deep-end for a moment, like a warm blanket of heart-shaking bass and striking rhythm? It was almost like they were a different band, really - or more to the point, they were like themselves, only more so. Something along the lines of n=n+1, if I were going to make a goofy math-like reference for no reason. I have to admit that I certainly haven't been to any other concert where the vocalists spent well over half of the concert sitting on the ground while singing. All in all, a great concert, a superb performance, and that's all I've got to say about that.
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