I love rockabilly. There aren't more fun shows to go to from seeing the pomped and creeper wearing crowd to the all out chaos of the pit. And if there's one rockabilly band you see in all your life, make it the Phenomenauts. The band first came out all wearing the same uniform looking like they just got back from a space mission in another galaxy. Their completely eccentric appearance didn't begin to make sense until they began a countdown that initiated an explosion of fog and confetti that engulfed the crowed as they launched into a rocking version of The Year 2000.
Immediately the crowd got excited, especially the band's hardcore fans, also known as cadets, who came dressed like the band and knew the words to every song. After getting tossed around in the pit for a little while, I joined in on a chorus of "Earth is the best" led by the Phenomenauts' singer at which point the keyboardist brought out a huge Earth balloon and tossed it over the crowd. At the end of a solid set, they finally ended with "Science and Honor" that rocked so hard I swear I felt the floor shaking. Then, in true Phenomenauts space rocker style, they ended transmission, saluted the crowd, and left the stage. All I can say is, I can't wait until they come back to LA because I've rarely seen a better show.
Elene P. www.loudvine.com