What’s left: 356 Days. 98 Bands.
Band #2: Telekinesis
When/Where: September 7th at T.T. The Bear’s Place, Cambridge, MA
Pre-Concert Thoughts: This is going to be the quintessential indie concert. Converse city, here I come.
Telekinesis is a somewhat new band that has one distinctly unique characteristic: the lead singer, Michael Benjamin Lerner, is also the drummer. The only other band that I have seen live with a drummer as the lead singer is Cowboy Mouth, and they put on a crazy wild show every time, so I had big expectations for this drummer. It is not something that can be pulled off easily, but Telekinesis appears to do it with ease. Their live show deivates from their album with more drum-centric songs and they realyl rock out, drastically altering their sound that I though I knew. That laid-back and polished sound they have gets obliterated by crashing cymbals and highly energetic singing. Lerner was impressive in the way he could shake his head around in beat with the drums and sing at the same time. It was really fun to watch.
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The poor acoustics at T.T.’s make judging the quality of the sound difficult, so what is more important is that the band looked like they were genuinely having fun up there and the crowd was really into it. They played a fantastic cover of Teenage Fanclub’s “The Concept.” For their last song, “Coast of Carolina,” they invited the hesitant audience up on stage just to hang out and sing along with them. Among the “audience” members to join them was John Cardwell of Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, and the Shawn Fogel of Golden Bloom, the opening band. Their set ended with various band and audience members gathered around the microphones singing their hearts out, which is always fun to be a part of.
Concert Afterglow: Well that was fun, I liked the band and their interaction with the crowd, but I wish the sound was better. Not sure whose fault that is, but I’m leaning towards the venue. It was about as indie as it gets.