The Griffin is quickly becoming one of my favorite spots. I wouldn’t mind cheaper drinks, but they are pretty averagely priced so I can’t complain too much. And $7 cover for four bands ain’t bad. I was pretty unfamiliar with all four bands playing last night but I decided to dive in head first.
Wendy Bailey and True Stories started the evening promptly at 9pm and launched into a jam session type of set. Despite Bailey’s pleas no one came up to the stage and were happy to sit in booths and bar stools for the length of the performance. Nonetheless, everyone seem genuinely impressed by the show they put on. I would have liked to see both the male and female vocals showcased a little more (a bit hard to hear), but overall their originals, along with a couple covers, hit my music-craving spot. By the end of the set the group seemed tightened up and “She Walks Groovy” as an ending was the highlight for me. Wendy herself reminds me of a (slightly) older Emma Stone. An everyday girl with a self-deprecating sort of humor. The kind of chick I feel like I could hang out her as well as admire her chops. Me and my show-going partner in crime chatted her up outside, in fact. Found out about another upcoming show (The Casbah February 20th with Get Back Loretta) and she clued us into a great cocktail I’ll be imbibing at that one. Overall good stuff.
Following Wendy and her boys were a couple of groups Medicine for Madison and The Slashes. While they both put on good, short sets I kept finding myself comparing their sounds to other bands. MFM had too many tinges of Incubus and The Slashes brought Interpol to mind. I’d definitely see either band again but nothing stuck out to write home (or here) about.
Finishing up the night The Alligator Republic put on a polished set with lots of guitar riffs and strong vocals. Unfortunately they don’t have their music available online (that I could find) which, to me, is a must. I don’t distinctly remember their songs but liked them in general and I’ll probably try to catch them again to make a better assessment.
All in all another good night at The Griffin. They’ve got lots of upcoming shows with multiple bands so I’m sure I’ll be back sooner rather than later. Wendy Bailey was the high point of my night and I’m pleased that I can continue to enjoy her music on Spotify (my obsession).
Sounds to Sample from Wendy Bailey and True Stories