Another day, another early show at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. While Wednesday night had Australian discopunks Gerling in the opening slot, last night it was Los Angelinos The Shore who were first on the bill at the revered SF venue. The quartet may have spent a day or six listening to a Verve record, but in my mind, being influenced by a band that good is fine by me.
Although the crowd was sparse for the early set, one gets the feeling that after the bandís debut album drops next month on Maverick, the indie kids are going to be out in droves. This four-piece has that certain je ne sais quoi. Specializing in the psychedelic spacerock so often equated with Richard Ashcroftís bunch, The Shore have vibe by the bucketful and tunes to match. Frontman Ben Ashleyís vocals are strong and distinctive, further carrying the echoing guitars and mind-bending bass grooves ever skyward. First single ìHard Roadî and ìFireflyî were especially incendiary, guitars scraping the sky while Ashleyís throaty tones hurtling the tunes further into the ether. And while the crowd may not have been huge, they were enthusiastic, cheering and applauding wildly at the end of each mind-blowing epic. By the end of their album and set-closing, awe-inspring groove-laden spacerock jam "Coming Down," the crowd was duly mesmerized and enthralled. With any luck, these boys will receive the critical and public acclaim they so richly deserve. Just wait until their record drops and youíll see what I mean.