Comedian Todd Barry has a joke in which he points out his problems with bands that have two drummers. “If you’re a drummer and you join a band that already has a drummer, you’re an asshole.”
For the most part, I wholly agree. However, if a band knows how to make this work, it can be pretty impressive.
Local rockers B. have this down. The band’s two drummers work off each other, so the audience isn’t just hearing the same beat played simultaneously or one good beat accompanied by a weak, unimpressive, unnecessary second beat.
People were circled around Pearland’s B. Saturday night at the venue/crowded hallway Notsuoh. Now, this may be because the instrumental rockers were blocking the only passageway to the bar, but considering most of the crowd wasn’t sporting the red bracelet needed to order drinks, it’s safe to assume most were enjoying the band.
The five members arrange their equipment in a circle and play facing one another – not the audience – in front of the stage – not on it. This seems like an odd way to keep attention, but B. didn’t seem have any trouble with a set that was both tight and full of energy. The group’s take on experimental rock could be likened to that of their Alvin counterparts, By the End of Tonight. It’s spastic with interesting timing, but not hard to understand. You’ll find yourself tapping your toes, but never for too long. The band will play Tuesday with MC Chris at Walter’s and again on August 8 with By the End of Tonight at The White Swan.
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After B., national act We Versus the Shark took to the stage. Their drummer played in nothing but boxers. (And yes, at times you could.) However, that wasn’t the best part of the band’s set. The group started off with a couple of instrumental tunes but seemed more sincere as they moved on to their more rockin’ songs with lyrics and steadier beats. The foursome blends all the complexities of math rock with poppy synthesizers and danceable drum beats. Although it’s always nice to see musicians branch out of their comfort zone, here’s hoping We Versus the Shark doesn’t bid rock goodbye just yet. – Dusti Rhodes
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