We saw the She Wants Revenge show at the Troubadour on Tuesday night. The show was very good with Monsters in Waiting and Viva K as openers.
Indie 103.1 has been playing “Tear You Apart” by She Wants Revenge recently and I really like this song. Their album was supposed to be released that day, so I went to a few record stores to buy the CD, but no one had it. It turns out the album was not released for some reason.
Before the show we went and had dinner at Flavour of India down the street from the Troubadour. It was delicious as usual. We also saw the guys from the band walk by us on the sidewalk as we were going into the restaurant.
When we walked in the door and were showing our IDs someone walking out of the club said something like “ask about VIP badges”. We weren’t really sure what he was talking about, but the bouncer gave us VIP stickers and told us to go up the stairs when we got into the club. We went upstairs, showed our stickers to the bouncer and managed to sit in “The Loft”. It was great being able to sit and watch the show from up above instead of being stuck downstairs with the big crowd.
The opening bands were both good. We liked Monsters in Waiting a lot, and Viva K were good too. We found it interesting that both bands had female lead singers with black hair.
The place was pretty crowded by the time SWR came on. They started with a drum machine beat and then the four members of the band walked on. I was surprised to see four band members, because all the press always talked about SWR having just two members – Justin and Adam 12. I guess they added a guitarist and drummer for this tour.
The show they put on was really good. The lead singer seems to have a real good stage presence. He engaged the crowd and seemed pretty friendly and relaxed up there, although he seemed a little overwhelmed that they were playing a sold out show at the Troubadour. At one point a girl screamed “Take your shirt off!”, and he just said “Never”. He also gave a little rant against their record company, encouraging people to phone them and ask for the record to be released.
They sounded good too. The songs I was familiar with sounded much like the recorded versions. I think they played for about 45 minutes to an hour, but I really wasn’t keeping track of time. As many of the reviewers have said, they are very reminiscent of Joy Division. I think what reminds me of them is the very “kinetic” sound they have, dark yet danceable at the same time.
After the show we went to the front room to see if we could buy a t-shirt but they were sold out. I regret not buying an EP.
I can’t wait for the CD to come out. In the meantime I can enjoy some of their songs at their MySpace site.
red flags long nights
out of control
broken promisses for- broken hearts
spend the night
someone must get hurt
disconnect ( adam solo)
she loves me she loves – me not
tear you apart