Tuesday, June 06, 2006

The Twilight Singers.

Have you ever been to a show and become highly irritated with the person in front of you because they seem to think that screaming a conversation over loud music is acceptable? Have you ever wanted to yell at them to shut up? Well, what if the artist actually did that for you? I saw this last night, and I couldn’t help but laugh, and clap, of course.

The Twilight Singers, headed up by none other than The Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli, came through Atlanta last night and played a very loud set at Smith’s Olde Bar. To be quite honest, I don’t really know much of their material, but I wanted to check it out anyways because I have only heard wonderful things. This was an energetic and intimate show. Dulli likes to talk to the crowd and feeds off them, and it was amusing and admirable at the same time.

In an overly crowded smoke-filled room with the lights dimmed the majority of the time, I caught myself closing my eyes for extended periods of time, more to get the full effect of the music rather than the fact that I was exhausted. The overall sound is a poppy, yet angry, rock coupled with some blues inspired undertones. I actually really liked it from only hearing a couple of the songs from the new album. At one point, Dulli became aggravated with a guy in the crowd who was snapping pictures and talking. He stopped singing, looked at the guy, cursed at him profusely while threatening to kick his ass, then asked what he did for a living and how would he like it if he went to this guy’s job and acted rude like that. Then he told the guy he’d give him his money back if he would just get the eff out of the room. It was great.

At the encore, Dulli came back out with the band and did a cover of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy,” which I thoroughly enjoyed, and ended it with another cover, this one of the Zombies’ “Time of the Season.”

I will definitely try to catch these guys again in the future. I'm going to bring earplugs next time, though.
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