PLASTIC BAG with WATSON and TENTH PLANET, at the Reverb, January 13. Tickets: $5. Attendance: 28. Rating: NN Rating: NN
as the members of plastic bag made their way to the stage, there was still enough floor space at the Reverb to land a Concorde. However, no one was laying the blame on Cadillac Bill down the street at the Horseshoe or Plasticine over at the Rivoli for siphoning off the Saturday-night crowd. The cold, hard truth is that this is January, and many folks who might normally favour live music over a DJ decided to watch the hockey game at home.
Fortunately, the Reverb staff were kind enough not to turn off the bar TV, so bored patrons could watch the Senators finesse the Flames while Plastic Bag went through the motions for the brave few, including Universal A&R birthday boy Dave Porter.
It must be tough to get into the party spirit when you look at the audience and see 20-some friends, co-workers and family members checking their watches.
Not that Plastic Bag were particularly horrible. Their KISS and Iron Maiden pop-metal moves were at least well rehearsed, and they had the good sense to leave the baggy leather trousers to Watson. But when singer dude Eric Bridenbaker could muster no more than three overhead handclaps in each of his optimistic appeals for audience participation, you could tell the Bag boys just weren't feelin' it.