01 - I.D.
02 - Cutt Off
03 - Reason is Treason
04 - Processed Beats
05 - Fifty Five
06 - The Nightworkers
07 - L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever)
08 - Club Foot
This was my second time to see The Music. I saw them open up for The Vines back in 2003 at this same club. I had no idea who they were then, but was very impressed. Their music had aspects that reminded me of Jane's Addiction and other large-sound bands.
They are now out headlining in support of their album Welcome to the North. This concert was of a grander scale in many ways. They have a larger catalog of songs to choose from, a greater area of the stage to use, more people in the audience to see them and a pretty amazing visual show. I was impressed by this show as well, including the fact that these guys are all in their early twenties.
The band's music is an overwhelming sonic assault meant to conquer any resistance. Loud, bombastic rockers with psychedelic flourish that rarely slow down for the listener to catch their breath. That same attitude infuses their lighting scheme. Flashing, swirling, colored lights swept across the band and the audience. I couldn't tell if I was being blinded or if my senses were stimulated to the point of saturation.
I grew nervous as my diminished awareness didn't allow me to keep track of the very short woman who was dancing/jumping in front of me. I feared that she was going to leap up in her frenzied state and coldcock me in the chin. I kept seeing the bottom of her head suddenly appear closer than it should have so I stuck my forearm out for protection. My fear subsided when she drifted away, and I was thankful that I hadn't followed up on the offer from the kind, black gentleman outside the theater who was selling opium and mushrooms. Besides, had I taken the mushrooms I would have been peaking after the show due to the Music Box's lame curfew.