My first time at Mercury Ballroom was a bit unexpected. It was Tuesday night, an all ages show starting past some of the patrons bedtimes. I have heard nothing but convincing praises from my friends about the shows they had seen at this venue. My expectations were high and this show did not disappoint. The atmosphere is vast and unique with a dominating technical display and an inviting warmth. The lighting set the mood for the evening and the sound was crisp, clear, and a hair too loud for my old ears, but still enjoyable. The bar is seated to the back of the crowd making drink orders quick and convenient. Definitely a great place to see live music.
I started to listening to the Seratones for the podcast. They are a high flowing rock band out of Shreveport Louisiana. Their sound is a dirty garage rock ‘n roll style with a sweet vicious voice delivered by the front woman, AJ Haynes on songs like, “Don’t Need It” and a song for lovers called, “Take It Easy”. Their new album, coming out May 6th, 2016, will be a culmination of songs perfected by long shows on the road. If you missed this show, they will be back in Louisville for Forecastle this year on Friday July 15th. They are a show not to be missed.
To be honest, I went to the show to see the band we previewed on the podcast, the Seratones. Before the show I had not listened to a lot of The Dandy Warhols. They were a band that has appeared once or twice on my radar because of my wonderful friends. I must say they have gained a new fan. They are a well orchestrated space ride of awesomeness. Their vast landscape of sound is a mixture of Spoon, T-Rex, and David Bowie. Courtney Taylor-Taylor has a charming fun stage presence with each song like, “STYGGO” and “You Are Killing Me”. The Dandy Warhols are a sound cave of gems I can not wait to dive into. Coming out of Portland Oregon in 1994, they have made ten studio albums. I went home with their latest album Distortland and will definitely seek the older ones out.
This was the last stop of the tour for both bands. Each left their last amount of energy on the stage and partied like amateurs. It was a night of firsts for me. First time seeing the Seratones, The Dandy Warhols, and the first time at Mercury Ballroom. This was without question a show I will relive with each spin of their records. Keep listening out there.