Vicious Vicious @ The Pause
so let's try this again. this would have been up this morning but my computer decided to crash before i could save and post. bryan, neil, and I made our way to St. Olaf Friday night. Vicious Vicious and Coach Said Not To were playing at The Lion's Pause. let's discuss Olaf's venue for a moment which is located in their student union. this student union is not your typical college hangout for it seems like you are in a convention center or downtown skyskraper. i just about fell over walking around inside because everything is so nice and should not be on a college campus in Northfield. the Lion's Pause which is a student run night club on campus is probably one of Minnesota's best kept secrets as far as music venues go. having only been built in the mid 90's this place floored me. had i know about this on campus venue, it just may have been my deciding factor when it came to deciding where to attend college. picture the triple rock social club mixed with the quest's main room and you have the Lion's Pause.
enough about that. we drove two hours to check out two notable bands in the MN music scene; Vicious Vicious and Coach Said Not To. Having never seen or listened to much of either bands before - I had no preconcieved notions going into the show. Coach Said Not To opened the show and caught my attention right away. In a way this four piece lady rock outfit reminded me of a dream. a dream in the sense that it starts out the same way but slowly progresses into something that you will remember when you wake up the next day to tell all your friends about. with a typical setup of drum, guitar, bass, and keys, Coach throws out any preminitions you may have about the all female indie rock gimmick. their sweeping melodies and harmonies flow so well over truly catchy guitar and key riffs. think of Eisley taken to the next level of musicianship and you will begin to know Coach. i could have watched the drummer and lead singer all night. the drummer having a weird similarity to that of my sister kris. and the lead singer with her funky dancing who could easily make a sizable side income teaching dance. Coach Said Not To is definitely a dream i will remember and tell all of my friends about.
a familiar feeling came over me when Vicious Vicious stepped on stage. maybe because I had seen 3 of the 4 members before playing in different bands and around town at different venues. Erick Applewick-lead(hopefuls), Heath Henjum-bass(hopefuls), Martin Dosh-Rhodes(Dosh, Redstart...), and drummer guy. looking in from the outside it looks like a typical setup but after hearing a few songs you realize this group has a very distinct character. a blend of power pop rock mixed with some laid back soul and R&B makes for a ferocious sound. the band's name is misleading in a sense because the only thing Vicious about them is their sound that sucks you in with their danceable guitar hooks and friendly vocals. it's hard not to think this group isn't the latest national indie buzz band. thank god they are local.
here is an interesting article on a look back after 1 year of 89.3 the Current.