Last weekend I had another assignment at the Rock & Roll Hotel off of H St for DC's DC Music Download. The night started off a little earlier than I'm used to for a Saturday night show at 7:30'ish. I've shot Dance For The Dying and The Silver Liners before, but the first half was new to me.
Not only does Two Dragons and a Cheetah have an awesome name, the duo consisting of Maryjo Mattea and Joel Wu had a pretty solid set for only being a two piece. I almost kind of wish they had a bassist or maybe something to fill in the low end of the spectrum, but all in all they were still a solid opener.
The second band on the bill was also a two piece outfit out of Hyattsville, MD with Justin Victoria and Gil Wojick making the indie pop sounds of PLOY. There's a pretty good interview of PLOY by the ladies over at This Is Our Jam if you want a better idea of who these two are and what their music is like.
I've only seen Dance For The Dying twice now, but each time has always been a good time. The first time I saw them was at the now gone Red Palace. They've got this sound that sounds... sounds a lot like Metric. Not a ripoff or copy kind of way, but reminiscent of. I really dig it! Like the first time I saw them, a year later they again had popped a balloon full of glitter on the crowd. Last year I got the shot perfectly! This year, I wasn't even close...
Indie rock pop band The Silver Liners closed out the show, including some new (or at least new to me) songs. The Silver Liners are a solid four piece band who play some solid indie rock pop. There was one new song in the middle of their set that I really liked that started with John on his bass that had this beat, this chugging bass line that started the song off really well and kept it going. Jay, if you're reading this, please feel free to mention the song's name I mentioned to you after the show down in the comments so I can write it in here.
The Silver Liners
Dance For The Dying
Two Dragons and a Cheetah