Tuesday, May 06, 2003

Kill Hannah Show

Sunday night I went to see Kill Hannah. They are a Chicago band who usually do a lot of shows here (although this is the first one I ever went to), but they have been recording a new album and doing shows in other parts of the country, so it had been a while since they did a show here.

The night started out in an annoying fashion. The ticket said 6:30, but that's when they decided to open the doors. I have been to Metro many, many times, and the time on the ticket has always been the time the show started, not the time the doors were opened. I guess in this case it was different. There were supposed to be 3 acts, but apparently one of them, Tommie Sunshine or something like that, was the DJ before hand. So I guess he started at 6:30, and they opened the doors then.

The opening act was a band called The Assassins. This band has some potential, but their live show needs a lot of work. Part of their sound was coming from a laptop computer, that apparently wasn't working correctly when they took the stage. They had to stall, and the only one in the band who did anything was the drummer. He tried to keep the crowd from being bored. The other members of the band, except the keyboard player who was also working the laptop, just stood there. Finally they were able to play. They had a screen behind them showing stuff, like clips from the movie "Pi" and some other stuff. There was one part where it seemed like they were trying to sync what was on the screen to what they were playing, but it was off. The music itself wasn't too bad, but it was too much. The drummer was by far the best musician. There was a bass player, keyboard player/laptop user, the lead singer who was also the guitarist, and a female guitarist who did backing vocals and lead vocals on 2 songs. And it was like they were trying to do too much. The stuff coming from the laptop was as intricate as they could make it. The female guitarist, well, her guitar wasn't needed. I think the most amount she played for any song was like 10%. It was just for emphasis. And with the other instruments and electronic sounds from the laptop, there was enough emphasis where it was needed already. They just need to clean themselves up.

Kill Hannah came out and they were great. They played some of their new songs that were pretty good. If you go to the website http://www.killhannah.com all of songs on mp3 there were played. They have a real high energy show. I have seen a lot of times when all of the members of a band play instruments they all just stand in front of their microphone stand and play. Not this band. All of them ran all around the stage and really got into the songs for the whole set. Also, the guitarists and bass player all had lights on their guitars, which looked really cool at times when most of the lights were off. The lead singer sings with emotion. And of course the crowd went nuts when the last song of the encore, ending the show, was "Welcome to Chicago, Mother Fucker".

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