Let me start by saying this. I admire any band that can tour for about three to four straight months with no break and playing in front of rock-hungry crowds almost every night. I know I sure as hell couldn’t do it, and don’t know many people who can so I tip my hat and will hand a beer to any band that can. One of those bands is Detroit’s The Sights.
Last night The Sights played to a pretty nice sized crowd at New York’s Bowery Ballroom. Granted a lot of people were there to see the hyped up Mando Diao, but I was glad to see a lot of people show up early to check out the rock and roll goodness known as The Sights. After seeing this band live it is easy to see why people like Jack Black have quickly become fans. The stage presence is great, the energy is high, and the threesome really knows how to rock out. Starting their set with the first song off their newest album, The Sights, the boys managed to set the tone for the night with “I’m Gonna Live The Life I Sing About In My Song”. In an almost rock and roll fury songs of both old and new were pounded out and there was very little banter between songs. It was obvious that the band was there and they meant business. I now know what it must have been like to see a rock show in the ‘60s. Combining the best of gritty garage rock with the psychedelic sounds of a circus organ, the trio is reminiscent of The Doors, meets Supergrass with a hint of The Small Faces and The Who. Not too shabby! Highlight songs included the aforementioned “I’m Gonna Live…” and “Circus”, the band’s current single. I might also add that it was also pretty cool to hear the dueling solos of the organ and guitar. Did I mention that during this lead man Eddie Baranek was able to climb up on Mark Trombley’s organ and not lose the momentum of his freak out guitar fest? Made for a pretty exciting ending if I do say so myself.
Do yourself a favor if you are near one of their cities they have yet to hit. Go see them live, you wont be disappointed.