Monday, February 19, 2007

Interlude: It Could Be Sweet

Bitter:Sweet - Feb 15th, 2007
Joe's Pub, NYC

Discarding my journalism objectivity (but not my personal conviction), I have to say that this was a great show. Although I was prepared for a crowd - there were eight musicians onstage - I was still blown away by how well they syncopated, creating something recognizable as The Mating Game, yet instilled with live energy. Despite the presence of various contributors, the core of Shana Halligan and Kiran Shahani was very much the bright spot. Shana's stylish dress was outmatched only by her fantastic vocals, while Kiran's energetic bass-work provided the foundation of each song. It was clear from the onset how much fun the group was having, and their enthusiasm really shone through.

One moment that really epitomized the vibe of the set was at the tail end of one song. In the midst of a turntable assault, the drummer began beatboxing, while the Pub's moody lights gave way to disco-worthy pyrotechnics. Shana pulled out a tambourine, and the whole band rocked out while the crowd roared approval. In a word, triumphant.

The only real downside was that the show had to come to an end, although the band came back with a three song encore. Bitter:Sweet will be playing a few dates on the west coast in March, details at their MySpace.

MP3: Bitter:Sweet - The Mating Game
MP3: Bitter:Sweet - Joe's Pub Interview
Buy: Here

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

is good.

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