Cactus Club is always a pleasurable place to see a show, with a mellow, dive-bar environment coupled with a great venue room that features great sound. Saturday was no different, highlight by two bands that knew what they were doing on stage. Neither band featured too much stage presence or crowd interaction, but that will come with time and granted, there weren't a whole lot of people there to interact with. This is always a shame, especially when three bands are playing music that begs to be danced to (Teen Daze opened the show, and definitely worth checking out).
Touring to promote their debut LP, Dry Land Is Not A Myth which was mistakenly left off of my "Best Of" list for the year thus far. This mistake will not be repeated later this year; the album is a fantastic debut for the California-native band.
White Arrows' sound on the album translated incredibly well to their live set, with lead singer Mickey Church's vocals shining through a great backing quartet. I was incredibly impressed with the lead guitarist's ability, occasionally switching instruments and shredding whatever he touched.
Beat Connection was next, and had a tough act to follow. As more people filed in, the crowd was a little more responsive to what was being laid out in front of them atop a 2-foot-elevated stage.
To finish the show, Beat Connection brought out members of White Arrows and Teen Daze to cover The Talking Heads' "This Must Be The Place," which was a very fitting selection for a few bands that are heavily inspired by Byrne and company.
Overall the show is definitely worth checking out, and you're running out of time to do so. See these bands before they make it "big" and you end up kicking yourself for it next year. The remaining tour dates can be found below, as well as two official videos, one for each band.
July 17 - Hi Dive, Denver, CO
July 18 - Kilby Court, Salt Lake City, UT
July 19 - The Reef, Boise, ID
July 21 - Capitol Hill Block Party, Seattle, WA
July 22 - The Electric Owl, Vancouver, BC
Beat Connection - "Silver Screen" (from the Surf Noir EP)
White Arrows - "Get Gone"