If you see them live, they're just called Ambulance. The Ltd. is for the lawyers to worry about. This five-piece from Brooklyn are playing a few warm up gigs on their way down to Austin, where they will meet up with Stellastarr* and the Killers. The three bands have a brief tour stint together following all of the fun SXSW activities, but last night, Ambulance were on their own in a rainy, cold Chicago, making their second visit to the windy city in less than a year. Since I saw them last (which was last summer), Ambulance has added a number of songs to their repertoire, recorded their debut full length, and received some high praise from main stream outlets like Jane Magazine and Teen Vogue, as well as your typical indie/rock zines. The forthcoming, self-titled LP will be in stores on March 23 through TVT, a single will be headed to radio that same week, and with the supporting tour to coincide, it seems this young band are at the beginning a very long journey.
Ambulance only had about a half an hour set at Schubas last night, but they took full advantage of their time. On-stage banter was kept to a minimum, and the boys were all business from the beginning. They don't overly exaggerate their rock moves. None have mastered the art of the rock jump, or the windmill, or that marching thing that Carlo from Interpol has made a staple of his routine, but their inspired musicianship more than keeps the crowd engaged. 2004 is going to be an exciting year for this band. If they continue to work and improve at the rate they have in the past eight or nine months, there's no telling how far they can go. I look forward to catching up with them again at SXSW.