The night began with “Clever Clever Jazz” off their latest release Brilliant! Tragic! Argos took center stage with his heart still firmly on his sleeve and the occasional trademark entreaty to his band members, “Ready Art Brut?” This group is clearly having a blast making music with Argos as the everyman frontman. While playing bass, guitars and drums, they took to echoing the lead vocals with callbacks, freezing in place and having fun with exaggerated facial expressions to play off each other. Highlights included early classics off the first release Bang Bang Rock & Roll, “Formed a Band” and “Modern Art” to “Direct Hit” (It’s a Bit Complicated) and “Alcoholics Anonimous” (Art Brut vs. Satan). The latest single “Lost Weekend” was a solid fit while a new song “Atlanta Girls” was offered up after playing it live only a few times before. After asking it they had a curfew, Argos allowed requests so the encore included “DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshake” and “Emily Kane,” the romantic tribute to the one who got away. Argos said his teen sweetheart actually “rung him up” after hearing the song although now a married woman, which he simply attributed to the power of rock ‘n roll. The concert ended after midnight with “Post Soothing Out,” the crowd obligingly raising their handsup when asked by Argos while he acknowledged the warm up bands, individual band members and the fans. I was obviously way too excited about going home with the postcard souvenir! Interview write up here.
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