New Years Eve Concerts Part II

Yesterday, I previewed Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club NYE concert. Another concert that’s making me wish I had a time turner is one of the final recordBar shows. The concert will feature The Conquerors, Various Blonde, and Jaenki for what will undoubtedly be one of the best ways to end the old year and begin the new.

It’s been a solid year for The Conquerors. The local psy-pop legends signed to High Dive, released a couple singles, and gigged around the area, and had their video premiere on Still in Rock. It seems the band has hit their creative stride. Their blend of 60s pop (think Kosmic City, The Kinks) and garage rock (The Strokes, Kings of Leon) is pitch perfect. Taut without being robotic, The Conquerors’ sound is warm and inviting. Likewise, their show is a must see. The band’s ability to simultaneously explore aural space without sacrificing concision is something not found in many acts, but The Conquerors accomplish it song after song. I can’t think of a better way to spend New Years Eve than watching this band do its thing.

Jaenki describes their genre as Spiritual and Otherworldly, which seems like a non-answer–that is until you listen to their music. If heaven had a sound, it would be Jaenki’s atmospheric pop. If you gave Cocteau Twins a shot of espresso and had them collaborate with Glass Animals, you would have something similar to Jaenki. The band rigs their uber-catchy vocal melodies to anthemic pop in a way that is fresh and compelling. It’s easy to make one-dimensional pop, tune your radio to any station and you’ll hear it. Jaenki refuses to make this kind of music. Their songs have a depth that surrounds its listener, which is a must for a live show. If you haven’t listened to these guys yet, you’re missing out on what may be your new favorite band.

On the surface, Various Blonde may seem to be the odd band in the mix. The trio weaves together proggy riffs and fragmented vocal melodies into brooding sonic textures, which is a departure from the previous bands’ more straightforward pop. That said, Various Blonde’s music is as catchy as any pop being made today. With a grooving rhythm section and crystalline falsetto, their music has a buzz to it that stays stuck in your head for days. It’s definitely a feat to blend so seamlessly the experimental and the conventional. That said, Various Blonde does so naturally. If the feeling of the motorcycle duel in Akira could be captured in a sound, that sound is the music of Various Blonde. Their live shows have the driving feel of a dance party and the heady atmosphere of a rock show.

This show will definitely be a great way to spend New Year’s Eve. It will also be a fitting farewell to recordBar. If your a fan of pop, this is definitely the place to be on NYE.

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