Tuesday, June 30, 2009
From the moment they started playing, Red Ink’s lead singer was jumping around as if on an invisible pogo stick, ensuring their set was high in energy and enthusiasm. First song Antidote set the tone for a high voltage set that had the crowd moving. The lead singer was asking the crowd to dance with him and he was setting a hell of an example up on stage, using the whole space to jump, spin and generally use his body to rock out.
Kleptomaniac was a crowd favourite, moving between a guitar riff that forced your feet to stomp out the beat and a chorus that was like a cool drink of water when you needed it. The lead singer was swigging not from the obligatory bottle of beer, but a bottle of water. This was a smart move as his dedication to dance up a storm on stage meant he was sure to be in need of some serious thirst quenching. He joked that he chipped his tooth as a result of this exertion and could feel bits of it floating around in his mouth, an anecdote that was received with amused appreciation from the audience.
Next the claws were out for Werewolf. Cold Outside was dedicated to the ladies in the room, but not any particular one according to the lead singer. This song was the only one for which he stayed relatively still and he invited the men in the room to take advantage of the loving mood. A Young Lovers band member played as a guest in one song and joked that the microphone Red Ink’s lead singer had been using tasted delicious. The last two songs Going Insane and Audrey were delivered with just as much enthusiasm as the first song and when they thanked the crowd at the end I felt like someone should have thanked them back as it truly was an impressive performance both musically and physically.
faster louder / prince bandroom june 25th, 09