Saturday, January 21, 2006

College Revisited, With Good Reason.

Thursday night had me springing a wild hair for a mini middle of the week road trip to the Ritz in Athens to see Harrison Hudson and Jil Station play together for a fraternity benefit show to raise money for St. Jude's Children's Hospital. My travel friend donated $5...the guy collecting was amazed it was more than a dollar.

Harrison Hudson opened up with a sound that rides the wave of classic southern rock and alternative indie combined. It's obvious they go back far in music time for their influences. Most of their songs have a catchy chorus that you can sing along to with the band while shaking your head up and down and shredding your air guitar. Harrison Hudson's voice has this amazing way of sucking you in to the point where you never want him to stop singing. I almost hear an Elvis-like characteristic in it, which really works well in blending with their guitar riffs. They can definitely rock a stage with the way they play, it's distributed well among the band members. They have three songs available for download on MySpace. I've got No Matter on my iPod now, and I can't wait for it to get shuffled into the mix. Check them out next Friday, the 27th, at the Masquerade.

Jil Station wrapped things up with a highly energetic performance. This band has it down when it comes to stage presence and musical styling. The heavy reliance on the keyboards in their songs makes for a smooth and mellow sound, which is beautifully amped up by the guitars. Kyle Dreaden's vocals were right on, and his gallivanting around stage kept my eyes glued. Many of the fans on the floor were singing along and shouting out for their favorite song to be sung, which I found to be so rockstar-like for the band, as they had a good size crowd. Jil Station has been recording many new songs for the past month or so, and I must declare that the little taste I got Thursday has me anxious to hear the final product. You can get some of their current tunes off their MySpace page. They threw in a couple of covers, as well, noting R.E.M. with their Athens fame and a favorite of anyone who grew up in the nineties, Laid by James. If you haven't seen them yet, you need to make sure you're at the EARL on February 11th, where they’ll be headlining with support from League of Evil and From June Forward. Seriously, you will be so mesmerized by Kyle's dancing and passion he so well exudes while performing that you'll end up dreaming about it later on. I guarantee you'll see my face at that show.
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