On Friday, February 4, about 500 local music fans came out to Port City Music Hall after the First Friday Art Walk to celebrate new releases by The Lucid and Space Versus Speed. A Boston band called Foxtrot opened with a seemingly very Radiohead/Oasis-influenced sound. Though the SVS recordings I’d heard just weren’t quite my thing, the show was a different beast entirely. Multi-part harmonies and a more aggressive rock sound than what you’ll hear on the record gave it a welcome directness that I hadn’t been anticipating. The band’s appropriately grungy cover of Soudngarden’s “Blow Up The Outside World” fit in just fine, if you look at it that way. The Lucid closed the night and commanded the stage in a way I hadn’t seen them pull off before. In full celebratory mode, they brought out auxiliary drummers, a great Velvet Underground cover, and their best rock show game. Read on for the full photo gallery!
All photos by Bryan Bruchman.
There’s still one thing I didn’t get about the show – who were the Europeans, and who did they kidnap? It made for a cool flyer, but didn’t make a whole lot of sense at the show… Anybody?