Once upon a time, I had a radio show that only played bands currently performing in the district. That show is super dead, so we’ve resurrected it (with way more words and far less radio) in the form of this column. Everyday I’ll review a song from a band playing in D.C. that night. The rules are, 1. I can only listen to the song once and 2. I only have until the end of the song to finish my review.
MOONSHINE SOCIETY – DO WHAT YOU WANNA DO
I once knew a person who knew a person who made moonshine. Unfortunately, we stopped talking before I could convince him to get me some, but this sounds like the kind of music you would listen to while drinking moonshine. Which is to say, I dig it. I also dig this sudden guitar solo. I wonder if this band has ever had moonshine before. I’ve heard it tastes terrible. Oh man this song is getting kind of intense. This feels like the kind of music you listen to in the middle of the day on someone’s (or your own) front porch (or I guess back porch).
You can see the Moonshine Society at Zoobar tonight. Definitely don’t try to smuggle in any moonshine.
THE HOT SARDINES – BEI MIR BIST DU SCHOEN
Google translate tells me the song title means “With me, you’re beautiful.” Damn. This is some straight up speakeasy music. This is just kind of fun. I imagine this would be a very good concert to go to if you really want to go all out with your dancing. You should definitely go in costume. If the rest of their music is like this, it would be kind of weird if you didn’t. Also, sardines are gross.
DIESELBOY – SYMPTOM
Okay. This is basically what I expected. It sounds like a video game horror music. It also kind of reminds me of the “generic rave music” you hear in more recent horror movies when they’re trying to tell you that the bad party girl/boy in the group is going to receive their comeuppance. What I mean is, this is okay? I will 100% never listen to it again, but it’s not the worst thing I’ve ever heard. I actually like the very quiet background talking that makes it feel like you’re at a party. Very atmospheric. Oh, uh, wow. That ended really suddenly.
You can see Dieselboy at U Street Music Hall on Sunday. I really hope you’re not living in a horror movie.