Schoolyard Heroes played a one-off show at Rothko last night, on their "day off" from touring. We skipped class to be there.
Ripping through a seven-song, half-hour set of theatrics and metal riffs, the Seattle band impressed with passionate and (thankfully) non-mathy precision. Clad in a pink dress and with her hair in her eyes, lead singer Ryann Donnelly owned the stage, singing what we can best describe as a pop opera written by teenage ghosts about hydras, skeleton armies, puppet people, and girls without faces. After the final song, she jumped into the crowd and strode to the back of the room to man the merch booth. When we stopped by to ask about the Heroes’ influences, she rattled off the Misfits, Blondie, T. Rex, David Bowie, and admitted that their guitarist “listens to a lot of Van Halen.” We can get with that.
We didn't take pics at the show (for once!), but we did manage to snag a limited-edition “They Live” 7”/CD featuring artwork that manipulates the science behind 3-D glasses into revealing double-layered, alternate universe visuals. It breaks down like this: looking at the packaging normally, you see a mess of two images on top of each other. But…looking at it through either only blue- or red-tinted plastic, your vision is filtered. Blue = “normal”; red = “thrill-crazed space kids blasting the flesh off humans.” Scary!