Scandalnavia with Magneta Lane , Femme Generation and the Pauls at Rancho Relaxo, June 25. Tickets: pwyc. Attendance: 100. Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
Rancho Relaxo has recently given Steven Himmelfarb of local label Permafrost Records programming duties for a series of nights. Since Himmelfarb has a penchant for charging whatever you're willing to pay at the door, Rancho seemed like a good spot to celebrate the end of the work week. Arriving at 10 to an empty house, I worried that lead-off trio the Pauls would have to play a set to the many ghosts that haunt the sweaty upstairs songbox. But lo and behold, a crowd arrived just in time to witness the group's arrhythmic, ramshackle but energized set. It definitely held the crowd's interest, even if they rarely stood to appreciate the group. Femme Generation have been playing steadily for a while, and it showed in their well-worked set of rock and roll that had elements of new wave, alternative and 60s rock. Judging by the good response, this is a band that's gonna get bigger. Recent signees to Paper Bag Records Magneta Lane are another three-piece of the moment. The three women delivered enjoyable tuneage with an infectious garagey stomp and a fairly full noise for a trio. Singer Lexi Valentine has a strong voice, and if the band meshed her vox with the songs slightly more, they might even cook. They definitely have potential.
Headliners Scandalnavia , a five-piece performing their sixth show in nine days, offer Bikini Kill-style vocals, trading back and forth with charismatic raps from bassist Natasha Pike . Their cheesy keyboard playing and songs about universalities like hating most fonts and Ikea are delivered with a charming onstage presence.
It all ended with a cover of Salt-N-Pepa's hit None Of Your Business that sent the crowd home well stoked.