all words: William Alberque
all photos: Kimberly Cadena
After the sure-to-be-legendary performance of Florence and the Machine at the 930 Club, I decided to sprint down the street to DC9 to try to catch another great pair of bands. Rains, pours.
As I type, I hardly have the energy to review Class Actress (and, if you read the Flo-piece, I’m sure I’ve exhausted your patience), so just briefly – Elizabeth Harper, from NYC, started with a great Smiths pastiche (“Trouble in the Palace”), passing through singer-songwriter territory before landing in her latest band incarnation as an electro band (“Someone Real”) with occasional forays into Power Corruption and Lies-esque genius (the utterly-sublime “Let Me Take You Out”). They opened recently in NYC for Little Boots – I can definitely see why – but C.A. are better served in a club like DC9 or RnR, where the intimacy creates the right atmosphere. Even the bootleggers have gotten into one of their tracks to excellent effect.
Tuesday night, Class Actress opened for Solid Gold and wow – they are terrific live – this time playing as a duo (voice/keys and guitar/keys) – with Elizabeth reproducing the sultry vocals of the EP effortlessly. The two of them weaved quite a spell, and I was glad to see copies of the 10″ Class Actress EP, titled the Journal of Ardency, available at the show (also on iTunes). Well worth the purchase. The title track from the EP was especially winning.
Solid Gold headline, and they are a revelation. I had heard a Tanlines remix of one of their songs, but live they skirt the edge of keyboard-driven shoegaze – closer to In Ghost Colours by Cut Copy than Junior Boys.