It's hard to tell at first glance if Margot And The Nuclear So And So's are being pretentious. The group has more members than words of their band name and enough stage equipment to open their own Guitar Center. But there is something in the air while the band performs. Are they too...perfect? Is this too good to be true?
The line was still out the door at Popscene three songs into their set, proving that there is at least some truth to the statement above, as Margot And The Nukes had the attention of many of their fans in the packed confines of 330 Ritch. Popscene, San Francisco's only Britpop and indie-oriented club, has built up an impressive reputation of bringing quality bands to its homely stage, ranging from local talent Film School all the way to the ranks of Muse and the Killers.
Thursday night Margot And The Nukes took stage, clanging about ironically for "Quiet As A Mouse," and sashaying to "Skeleton Key," all eight members stuck in their own little world of song and dance. They may come off as being art school kids, but I don't think it's without reason - the band cares about their craft and are willing to sacrifice a little disenchantment from the critics in exchange for cred. At the close of their set, lead singer Richard Edwards sat down for a few stripped songs, the acoustics of the guitar catching the beer guzzlers off guard. I left kicking myself for not finding out about a last minute acoustic set from Edwards the night before in time.
The new Polyphonic Spree? No way dude. This is some serious music from a serious band. I love it.
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