The computer I’m using in Newark, where I am stranded, won’t let me post a picture.
Wow, Crash Mountain Mansion (it was 7AM when I wrote this, sorry) sucks. It’s a horrible, evil venue all around, from shitty sound to decievery at every turn, and I’ll most likely never go there again. That being said, how was the headliner? Awesome.
I had the pleasure of meeting the entire band throughout the course of the night, and they were happy just to be there. None of them were worried when another band screwed up the time slots, or how “open bar” somehow translated to only $3 vodka drinks for an hour (stupid venue), Twin Berlin was just there to play and were happy everyone came to see them. It was also a showcase of sorts, being that labels execs were there to judge them as well. Luckily for everyone, they nailed the performance and might even soon be signed for all I know.
From the distorted vocals to the endless supply of lead riffs, the band seriously knows what you want to see at a concert. I was worried because I only watched the band play live on a morning news show for elderly people (five dead, very sad story), and was afraid they might lack the energy for a big stage. Thankfully, I was completely wrong.
Lead singer/songwriter Matt Lopez put most of the charisma either into the audience or into the blood all over his guitar bridge, which judging by their website, is a relatively common occurence. The drummer and de facto band manager, James, was also much crazier than I thought he’d be, on the kit that is, not in person. Nate on bass (catchy!) was everywhere on his instrument and did much more than most bassists do to support their band. He was even nice enough to grab me a setlist of the show, which had to have a few songs cut out based on some broken guitar strings and a lack of techie help to remedy the problem. Last, but not least, Matt N. on lead guitar hit every lead and looked to be straight out of a Corey Hart music video. My only mediocre thought is that he was a statue instead of the rollicking rocker he should be. More backflips, less Medusa victim, and I wouldn’t see any reason Twin Berlin couldn’t be opening for the Gaslight Anthem or Kings of Leon in the near future.
Now go see this band while I work on a followup with The Rhodes, who were supposed to open, but accidentally closed the show. They were also very talented, be it in a different way. More awesomeness is coming your way mad soon, so stick around (bookmark my ass, you know you want to, I can feel it in your thoughts)!
Twin Berlin’s myspaces is where you can purchase their merch, but don’t let anybody know I told you!