Here’s what I love about the entertainment business. My wife and I had an exhausting day and settled into a nice dinner of Dynamite Shrimp, Crab Fried Rice and Chicken Lettuce Wraps which was going to be followed by a nice mellow Tuesday night at home. Suddenly, as the edamame arrived, a text also arrived. Fast-forward five-hours and a couple of ‘shots’ later and we’re at the SoHo House in Hollywood for a private concert watching this fantastic band “Deadbeat Darling”.
I looked at my very happy wife and gave her one of those, “Weren’t we supposed to be in our pajamas right about now??” But it was brilliant and what a band!
Now, I know the bane of every band’s existence is being compared to another band or bands. But, when it’s a band a majority of the audience has never heard of, then you have to give some sort of comparative description. So, here goes; a slight touch of Coldplay meets The Waterboys meets something I can’t put my finger on. Which I believe is the band…unique, yet familiar fronted by a fella by the name of Joseph King. Great vocals and the man knows how to work the microphone to get the most out of that excellent, intriguing voice and vocal style. In the top pic, Joe is the one between my wife and me. Seeing DBD live is captivating, fun and sometimes, I just caught myself forgetting where I was, in a back room at the SoHo House with a makeshift stage and a low ceiling and just really into this new music I was witnessing.
In fact, today I checked out their two albums, ‘cuz I wanted to hear the studio versions of all these songs I liked live. You know what? I like their live versions of their songs a bit more than the studio versions. Now, this may very well be because I saw them live before I ever heard their studio stuff. But, I’ve seen enough bands all over the world, in all stages of popularity, in all kinds of venues (any one remember “The Off Ramp” in Seattle? Or “The Place” in Kota Kinabalu, Borneo?) to trust my instincts. I would love to hear them capture a bit of the rawness and energy of the live shows and bring that into the studio. A little less “produced”, because the talent is truly there in all four members.
They have one more gig in Los Angeles, tomorrow night at the Silver Lake Lounge. I will be at the LA Kings game, but will try to make it. They’re that good that I’d want to see them again in the span of 48-hours. Oh, and as for that text? It came from a good friend whose good friend is the bass player in the band, Mo. He’s in the front left with the phone (I’m assuming that’s a phone) in his pocket. All the dudes in the band are super nice and just dig playing and creating music.
Oh#2, and speaking of Kota Kinabalu. I walked into this hot, sweaty club packed with young, 20-something Malaysians only to hear what sounded like Van Halen playing live (David Lee Roth era, “Jump”) only to discover this all Asian cover band just killing it. The crowd was going wild. They then moved right into Rick Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca” followed by the Lenny Kravitz hit “Fly Away”. They nailed every one. The band had eight members. It was a wild scene in a country I had been in for less than 24-hours. Never mind the fact that I had to get up in 5-hours to get on a boat and meet Mark Burnett for the first time. Smack dab in the middle of the South China Sea, no less. Yep, I love this business of entertainment.
Here’s a link to the band’s site: http://www.deadbeatdarling.com/