Not going to lie, leaving my apartment was less than easy last night but I knew there was a hell of a show waiting for me. The streets were quiet as I zipped from Minneapolis to Saint Paul. It was a little eerie to be honest but with the cold weather and what is sure to be a long week ahead full of more cold and snow, it wasn’t surprising. I loved the fact that although both Minneapolis and Saint Paul seemed to sleepy, as soon as you walked into the Turf Club on Sunday night you were greeted with an undeniable sense of energy. It may not have been the busiest show I’ve ever seen but that didn’t stop everyone that hadn’t given into the idea of a lazy Sunday night from having a damn good time.
A new name to me, Chad Erickson & The Untimely kicked off the show in a timely manner (kinda makes me question their choice of band name). Their sound was a classic rock n’ roll sound with a little bit of southern rock mixed in with a whole lot of catchy power chord progressions. Although every member of this group was clearly talented from the mesmerizing guitar work to the truly impressive vocals, it was drummer Jendeen Forberg that had me captivated throughout the groups opening set. There has to be some history there or some extravagant story because Jendeen’s drumming just didn’t match a local band. A larger than life sound that she played with extreme ease (or what looked like ease), I seriously can not stress enough how stuck I was just watching her. Most local bands don’t do drum solos nor should they but as soon as the other members moved to the side to allow for a much deserved drum solo, I was excited. Again, this entire group was great and definitely original but clearly I was just so struck by Jendeen’s drumming that it kind of took over their set.
Much like the set from XIII Arrows, Them Evils’ set went by way too fast and left me and the rest of the crowd wanting so much more. Their music is like a breath of fresh air. It’s a modern twist on a classic sound creating songs and a vibe unlike anything else out there right now. Their endless amount of energy had my Sunday night feeling like anything but a Sunday night. It may have been dark and cold outside but it was warm and sunny inside and I truly can not thank Them Evils enough for bringing their Cali vibes to the Arctic tundra that is Minnesota.
Much like Saturday night, last night wasn’t the biggest show I’ll go to this week but that didn’t keep it from being one of the best. Get off your couch, venture into the cold, and go into a small club show on a Sunday night regardless of if you know who’s playing or not. I promise it’s worth it.