Rock Hunt Semifinals: March 19, The Spot Underground
The band seems to be rocking out, but where’s the singer? After an intense intro, the singer comes out full of energy and head bopping to belt out songs that remind you a lot of Paramore. Dressed in casual clothes, a dress on the female lead singer and black shirts on the rest of the band, they seem to be more about the music than show. After the opener, Sienna presents us with a new song called “Without a Name.” The guitar riffs are great, but sound a bit generic and the vocals could be a little crisper, but they make up for clarity with energy, engaging the crowd and getting them to clap along. The lead singer seems to charm the audience with her quirky humor, dedicating a song to the moon and the audience. She starts into a ballad with a hand in the air and her head tilted to the side, singing a song that has more of a pop. alternative rock appeal, getting the audience to sing along to the chorus, closing out the show with what is clearly a crowd favorite.
Last One Out:
Think happy, charming, adorable, quirky, and talented and you’ve got Last One Out. The band is a group of cute, boy-next-door types, with varied experience in music that fuse together to make for a great show. The guitarist is technically trained and shows it in his solos, the lead singer plays synth, piano, and occasionally tambourine, and the rest accompany them with their own talents. Reminiscent of the Kooks in most of their music, they sing songs with whimsical lyrics like, “Space kangaroo, bounce if you want to” getting everyone dancing to their silly song. Showing us that they can get serious, the lead singer remarks about how “everyone gets the blues” and leads us into a blues song where we see a whole different side of the band, a deeper voice on the lead singer and an amazing break-down on the guitar. Switching gears again, the band engages the audience, getting everyone dancing and clapping to a more electronic upbeat song. On their last song they play, appropriately “Last One Out,” presenting the audience with three rules: 1) rock hard, 2) sing along, 3) people in the back get crazy. These rules are religiously followed and the band does not fail to kick up the energy even more, impressing us with their ability to rock even harder. The guitarist even pulls a stunt where he plays from behind his head, wowing the crowd. Last One Out went out but with a bang.
A chill jam band that makes you want to pop open a few beers to and relax, Bad Bromance presents us with a variety of nice songs that fall into the range of blues/country guitar-driven rock. They attract a full crowd of middle aged or so individuals that all seem to be having a good time soaking up the tunes. Perhaps the band can be best described as great summer music, not the kind you would really dance to, but that you would really like to listen to in the background of your sunshine-filled day. It is spring after all, and they got us in the mood to chill, even if Providence has not caught on yet.