It’s a very sweet gesture when a band asks me to check them out. It warms my black ass heart to a nice shade of charcoal. The guitarist for Modern Heist asked me to come see them play and luckily my schedule obliged. Plus I’ve been meaning to check out Tin Can Alehouse for ages.
The small space looked like the place where Christmas went to die – with hanging lights and ornament bulbs- and I mean that in the nicest way possible. Cheap drinks, nice intimate space, friendly folks about- my kinda place. I made it just in time to hear Modern Heist launch into their second song. Phew. My first note has to be Cassie Thompson’s voice- it’s angelic in an endearing way. I only wish I could have heard it better and more clearly- at time the drums over powered the sound and Thompson’s delicate high notes got a bit lost. My overall sense is that this is a band with potential and I don’t mean that in a shitty condescending way, I mean it as in a “I’ll be back” kinda way. Anchored by solid vocals the band performed a set accommodating to her range including a cover of “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaac that was a great blend of homage and originality. With hip, jazzy tunes like “Dance Number” and the sultry “Be Honest” they offered a wide variety in their set. Things that will only come with time (and hopefully many more live performances) will be a level of comfort on stage, a tightness of sound, and a strong identity as a band. I hope I get to see it all.
Following Modern Heist a solo singer from Chicago took the stage with his guitar and drum tracks. Dubbed Kellen and Me, he played a solid set of tunes that blended a vulnerable, poetic Elliott Smith quality with an air of fun and dance-ability. “Batteries and Frequencies” was one of my favorites of the set.
I’ll be back for more Modern Heist, more Tin Can Alehouse (maybe when I don’t have to brave the sketchy streets solo), and even Kellen and Me if he makes it back out west. Good times, indeed.