Diet Cig - Mississippi Studios - 4/29
For readers of Sonically Awkward, you'll pick out that nearly every single show that I'm asked to cover or attend on my own dime is almost always a positive experience (with the exception of Saba). For the latest show on April 29 at Mississippi Studios, this was not the case. The band, in my opinion, is not fully to blame here.
From the moment the band came on stage, which is composed of lead singer/guitarist Alex Luciano, and drummer Noah Bowman, there were issues. Initially it was problems with their switchboards and mics, which caused about a 10 minute delay, and totally crushed any emotional high they were trying to capture to start off the set. As the evening rolled along and those initial issues were taken care of, the sound was the main issue. Vocals were way too low - you could only hear her when she was yelling during the choruses. There also were a couple of mics on the drum set - which, in the intimate confines of Mississippi Studios, was definitely not needed. It droned out what little we could hear of Alex's Courtney Barnett like voice.
I'm happy that we went and covered this show, and I am not giving up on the band by any stretch. I am hoping that the sound/technical issues are resolved by the next time they come back to Portland, as their debut record was fantastic, and a must-listen for fans of the aforementioned Courtney Barnett, or punk rock in general.
Thanks to Courtney Theim once again for the great pics!