Pure Sunshine at the Bluebird, 3/26/11
Tom Murphy Git Some
Overcasters • the Buckingham Squares • the Purple Fluid
The Omens • The Geniuses • Git Some
03.26.11 | Bluebird Theater
Git Some kicked off night two of Pure Sunshine last night at the Bluebird Theater. The act's lyrics are often washed out by the torrent of guitar sound, but this time out, it became clear that this band has much to say about survival and living with dignity. It seems as though Git Some's music and performances have become more and more focused lately, and the internal dynamism and shifting of tones of each song is often more than a discharge of frustration and outrage. These guys haven't lost their edge -- they've just learned to be more creative in its use.
Tom Murphy The Geniuses
After Git Some, the Geniuses took the stage. The band, which features Garrett Brittenham and Rich Groskopf of Boss 302 and Kurt Ohlen and Barry Newton of Orangu-Tones, combines the best of those two outfits and weaves together the strands of garage rock and punk with rockabilly.
Ohlen and Newton continue to purvey the stripped down approach of their old band that meshes well with what Brittenham and Groskopf did in their former group. Groskopf's warm, soulful croon mixes well with Brittenham's melodic vocals, alongside those of Ohlen, making the band sound like a power pop outfit coloring outside the aesthetic lines and giving the music emotional nuance.
Tom Murphy The Omens
The Omens don't play many shows these days, so this was a rare chance to see the band outside of its normal environs of a small club or bar show. Matt Hunt joked (or not) about how we should drink tequila, or at least more of it, "because it helps." This band has had wilder shows, but at least for this one, everything seemed to come together.
Unlike many of the band's artistic cousins, the songwriting of the Omens has true diversity both in terms of dynamics and in how each sound is used. A lot of bands going for the garage rock thing seem to think screaming once in a while between quasi-aggressive riffs and a hint of psychedelia suffices, but the Omens are clearly trying to play music people might want to listen to for more than a couple of years.
Tom Murphy Purple Fluid
The Purple Fluid, which features Rick Kulwicki's twin sons, followed the Omens. And from the beginning, the band's influences were obvious -- the Stooges, the Ramones and the New York Dolls. But the band's confident performance and sheer volume carried it beyond a mere list of influences, as evidenced by one of its originals "Psycho."
The boys were joined by their father's former bandmates in the Fluid, Garrett Shavlik, who played drums for the entire set, and John Robinson, who sat in for two Fluid songs, "You" and "It's My Time." Robinson and Richard Kulwicki looked like had been singing together for some time now. While Robinson is one of the best rock and roll frontmen of our lifetime, Richard showed himself not so bad for a fledgling performer of charisma in his own right.
The night before, longtime Fluid fan and archivist, Jim Hucks, shot footage of "You":