It was a busy Saturday of doing my maid of honor duty of creating centerpieces for my ride-or-die best friend. It was fun but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t relieved that I could pull my typical “So sorry, I have a show!” phrase to head out a bit early. Sure, I kind of felt bad that it didn’t all get done but there was a show in town on Saturday that I just wasn’t willing to miss, and, thankfully, this friend has known me long enough to know that when I say I have to be at the show, she doesn’t question it.
I got into the hot and humid Fine Line just in time to catch opening act Moodie Black take the stage. I was instantly enamored by this group. The trio had this very noise-styled rap vibe to them that was electrifying. Add their truly spectacular visual performance and you were left with a performance that was truly hard to turn away from. I loved the way that you never really got a good look at the vocalist (who I can not find a name for and I am so sorry) because the majority of the set was spent with them as just a silhouette in front of a screen that was playing all sorts of clips. There were political moments throughout the set both in the video and with what was being said into the microphone which made the set feel a bit heavy at times but it always recovered into just a downright powerful show of emotion and talent. Overall, the set was visually insane and musically chaotic in all of the right ways and it absolutely set the stage for what was to come from the following two acts.
As mentioned, I have seen this band a few times before and have always been floored by their energy. Saturday night’s performance was no different. Although I adore this band, I definitely fell off the train a few albums ago and was unable to sing along to every song throughout the set but that didn’t stop me from moving along to all of them. That’s the best thing about this band– their music. It’s infectious. And even though you may not know every track and be able to sing to every song, every track from this band is genuinely theirs and is easy to fall in love with. The beats make you move and you can literally feel them in your heart when they are performed live. I honestly don’t know how a human could possibly just stand through a Sleigh Bells show without at least a head nod or a few jumps thrown in there. The amount of power that comes from the guitars, drums, and keys is deafening. Add Alexis’ powerful yet sweet-sounding vocals and you have a sound that is unlike anything else out there and is absolutely perfect.
Their sixteen-song set flew by and I would be lying if I said I was completely satisfied with the hour-long set but I absolutely had an amazing time. I feel like they definitely could have played longer but, with a band like Sleigh Bells and the amount of power they bring to a stage, I don’t know if any amount of time would have been enough for me.