Bend Sinister with The Neens
The Neens opened up their set with a pair of cover songs from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, there were a few miss cues and wrong notes being played throughout both songs. The vocals throughout their set were in about the mid range of being decent. During Snow (Hey Oh) during the higher notes of the song was not going to happen tonight, this stayed the same throughout most of their songs especially during London Calling from the Clash the vocals pretty much destroyed most of the song. Their cover of The Spur Catchers “Snake Bud” was pretty catchy; it was during this song that the lead singer’s vocals fit best into a grunge/alternative type of song. It wasn’t until the closing end of their set that they played their first original song titled “Show it Tonight” the song fit in with most of the cover songs for which they were playing. The opening guitar riff into their original song sounded as if it was heavily influenced by Nirvana. They should have played a couple more original songs instead of keeping with mostly cover songs as their cover songs were not really up to par. To finish off their set they played “The Train Kept A Rollin’”
There were still a few more bodies that were coming through the doors as Bend Sinister was just getting ready to play. Dan made a comment about the somewhat low attendance before they began as their set was going to be an intimate show. Their set was a mix of older songs and mostly filled with songs from their upcoming full length album. They were out supporting their new EP called “On My Mind” we did get to hear three songs off the album including “got You On My Mind”,”Give It A Rest” and “I’m The One Leaving You”. For the most part it was hard to tell that Dan’s vocals were causing him distraught, one of the unfortunate discomforts from touring and playing shows night to night, so they worked their set list around the small issue and stayed away from their higher vocal note songs. Listening to their albums then hearing them live is almost night and day. Watching and hearing them play live is ten times better then the album versions, not knocking on the album versions of their songs but their live show is a definite must hear. Their songs really pop and sound a lot heavier then they appear on the albums, they almost need to put out a live DVD or live album that captures their live shows. It didn’t take long for people to start dancing along to their songs either, once they broke the ice with the audience after the second song they had people crowd to the front of the stage. Also right from the opening line the band played they were all jumping around on stage and making full use of the limited space which they had. A couple of times throughout their set I thought they were going to rock the bass amp over. The length of their set became a bit of surprise for me as they played probably about twice the length as I thought they were going to play. They even ended up playing an encore song as well, but in a way they were almost forced to by the audience as they didn’t even get a chance to turn off any of their amps before people were yelling out for more. Dan asked for requests which he was barraged with a variety of songs from pretty much everyone in the audience to choose from, but insisting on that they play one cover song in their set. The song they were about to play also happened to be a song which they have been playing on tour so far which Dan explained, so to finish off the night they played Supertramp – The Logical Song.