The Slang Chickens
I had a very long day yesterday. Non of which was made any better by the fact I have started to receive hate mail via myspace for what we are trying to do for here at Loudvine.com. I guess we must be doing something right, after all, if some jackasses are willing to take their time to write to me and call me all sorts of names, the message is getting out there. This might just be my attempt at feeling like a rap star, you know, when people start hatin', you can feel like you're making moves. So after being verbally abused and just feeling out of sorts all day, I decided to head east to listen to the F Yeah Fest Benefit Show. I figured getting my mind off things would help and after all, for a mere 6 dollars, I could listen to some LA music. The lineup included five bands, and usually I would roll in late, missing the first or second bands. But tonight, I changed it up and actually showed for once, on time and I was very glad I did. See, as the crowd started to fill in at 1296 E. Street, the massive sound check was being organized as a band I had never heard before went through their acoustics, just to get it right. With the backdrop of a filling little stage and standing in the between the vert transitions of a sweet looking half pipe, the leader singer whipped out a impromptu little session of tuning up his banjo. Yep. You heard me, the banjo. Welcome to world of Slang Chickens. I must admit, even though this is where the hipsters hang out, and its downtown la, as I soon as I heard the banjo, I had visions of "Deliverance" going through my mind. Then Slang Chickens started to play. Awesome band. Really, I could not say it any other way. Walking a killer line between punk and country, the audience was really digging these guys play. I liked it, reminded me of the very core of great, emerging LA sounds. Lately I have been going to a quite a lot of shows, but Slang Chickens is the first band that has moved me in a bit. As I listened to Slang Chickens, I felt like this band had a bit of everything. Killer vocals, the energy we all demand when they do a live set,they were powerful, creative, sang sweet melodies, going between electric and acoustic, and Evan, the lead singer, sure can carry a show. The band will be undergoing some changes as one of the their members returns to NYC, but I also would recommend that you come see their upcoming show at The Echo on September 3rd. When you are surrounded by great music and new friends, positive energy, you cannot help it but think back on past moments in your life. Listening to Slang Chickens, I was brought back to my days as a little shredder on a skateboard and wished I had heard a band like Slang Chickens when we tearing it up in our buddies ramps or pools. Something about watching them on the half pipe last reminded me of how cool it is to be in LA, reconnected to this city, even after all this years, because when you have great music like Slang Chickens, what difference does it make that time is passing. Last night, as I made my way east to this show, I was hoping to hear something that would just take my mind off everything. I wanted to listen to something fresh, and have it resonate with me even into the next day. Thankfully, for once I was on time and I experienced Slang Chickens live. I will see you guys again soon.