Posted by: Nick | June 29, 2009

REVIEW: Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Chemic & You’re My Density @ Skull Alley – 6/27

Saturday’s show at Skull Alley was an amazing time.  As part of our goal in bringing incredible talent to Louisville, Backseat Sandbar brought you a lineup blending national act, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, established Louisville band, Chemic, and the new but extremely promising You’re My Density.  You’re My Density was playing its first show and a played to a packed room of eager fans.  While there may have been some nerves before the show, they absolutely rocked it.  You would have had no idea it was their first show.  The sound was tight and the crowd definitely got behind them.  I love thier CD, but their live show was equally, if not more, impressive.  While the cd demo consisted only of one member, the full band has since joined to create for a much more complete sound.  You will start seeing more and more of these guys around town, so I strongly encourage you to check them out.  YMD’s next show is a Forecastle After-Party at Derby City Espresso on July 10th with The Pass.  It’s $5 bucks and starts at 10pm.  Don’t miss it.

Chemic went on second and put on the best show I’ve seen them play.  There is a lot to say about growing as a band the more you play and Chemic is a perfect example.  They just got back from an extensive midwest tour and fine tuned their performance.  It was energized and almost impossible to stand still to.  The crowd started off with the standard head bob, but progressed down to their feet and incited dancing.  They are peaking at just the right time as they will be playing at the Forecastle Fest and the MidPoint Music Fest in Cincy.

The man of the hour(s), Owen Ashworth a/k/a Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, took stage last and gave the crowd exactly what they wanted.  He played a lot from his new album Vs. Children as well as a few from another recent single/unreleased collection, Advanced Base Battery Life, including my favorite “White Corolla.”  Owen in not only talented, but a truly great guy.  He was constantly interacting with the crowd as he does, and in the past he has even taken requests via email before a show.  He took a few requests at the show and he even brought a big fan of his on stage toward the end of his set and let her sing a song with him. It was one of the earlier shows on his extensive international tour, but he let us all know that this was “the best show of the tour.”   He stuck around after and signed some autographs.  I picked up Advanced Base Battery Life and got it signed!  It’s spinning right now.

Thanks to everyone who came out and to everyone who helped with the show.  We’ll do it again soon!

more pics and video below the break…





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