Something very odd and interesting happens in Minnesota when the temperatures start to drop and the snow starts to fall. People just get a bit nicer and rowdier. This whole phenomenon can be seen loud and clear when you find yourself at a show at a smaller venue in town like the 7th Street Entry on a night like last night. Don’t get me wrong, all of the bands that played definitely deserved the hype and attention the audience was giving them but was a mosh-pit like thing necessary for a dream-pop band? Absolutely not. Did it add a very fun element to the show? Most definitely.
Unfortunately due to a hellish commute home, the need for some food, and a longer than usual wait for an Uber and then, again, crappy roads, my friend and I did not make it downtown in time to see opener Double Grave. My apologies to the band but having seen them a couple times before, I know that they killed it!
Slow Pulp was taking the stage as we walked into the warm and inviting venue. Like Double Grave, I have seen Slow Pulp before and am always thoroughly impressed. Funny thing is, the last time I saw Slow Pulp was with the same headlining act but I’m definitely not complaining. Their unique sound matches the unique vibe of headliner Vundabar in the most perfect way. With vocalist Em’s dream-like and whimsical voice clashing against the powerful almost punk instrumentation, this band truly has a sound like none other. Although I clearly see the power behind Slow Pulp, their live show is so laid back and chill that it wouldn’t be hard to miss it. The past couple of times that I’ve caught this Madison, WI born, Chicago, IL based band, the audience just kind of stood there and took it all in. This was not the case last night. The dream-punk sound made the young crowd dance and, as mentioned at the beginning of this post, they were rowdy. Although there’s no denying the power behind this band, there is something funny about watching beer being sloshed all over the place while listening to music that could easily make you drift off to dreamland.
Vundabar’s music kind of matches their odd live show. It’s pop-punk with a little indie, a little garage rock all tied up in a bow of beats that make you want to dance and move. Although they are super fun to watch as a band, there’s no denying the talent behind this young band. Brandon’s voice is nothing short of impressive and the way he can manipulate his voice from high to low in the blink of an eye will truly leave you with your jaw on the ground. The instrumentation behind Brandon’s impressive vocals is not cliche or overdone which can be super hard for a band to do in such an over-saturated music scene. I don’t know how they do it and can’t pick out specific examples but there’s just something about the instrumentation that puts Vundabar in a playing field all on their own. Again, this is a band that I will never get sick of seeing live and I hope this trend of coming to Minneapolis every couple of months keeps happening.
I always joke with family and friends that winter is the perfect time to come visit me in Minneapolis. Although I’m clearly joking, I’m also not. Something happens up here in the winter that just can’t be put into words and can only be felt. I felt that last night at the show and as the young audience jumped and moshed their way through the night, I stood in the back corner sipping my drink and taking it all in with a smile on my face.