San Francisco Rocks!
I just returned from a trip to the beautiful city of San Francisco, California. While I was there I had the pleasure of attending a local indie rock show. The show was held at a tiny back bar at the Hemlock. The room was in the back of the popular bar and was no bigger than your average bedroom in a two bedroom apartment. The tiny space was optimal for big sound. When I first walked in I knew my ears were in for a workout. Since it was indie rock night I assumed that the artist would be playing intimate acoustic tunes.Boy was I wrong.
The first band called themselves Young Lions. They were a mix of hardcore and classic rock. With intense bass lines and screaming guitar riffs. The vocals were barely audible but for some reason I think the band didn’t mind. They had an incredible energy and played about 4 songs with raw emotion. The crowd was large for such a small room. About twenty people crammed into the small space to listen to Young Lions set. A very smart few had even brought their own ear plugs an idea I would have been grateful to have thought of. The next band were the complete opposite of Young Lions.
Lo Pan was comprised of 4 men all above the age of 30 with long beards and lots of tattoos. I figured that we must have stumbled upon the hard rock indie music night. Being the open minded music lover I am I wanted to give each band a chance to impress, and impress they did. I wouldn’t typically listen to this type of music but rather enjoyed the intensity. I also was badly craving some live music. Lo Pan was a band from out of town who was touring the US they had a infectious sound that brought me back to a time when music was about just that the music.
Overall my experience at the Hemlock was an eye opener. I went into the night thinking I would be listening to one genre of music and was surprised when the complete opposite presented itself to my delight. It just goes to show you that you never know what you are going to get when it comes to music. I would suggest that everyone who has the chance to should go to a local indie show. Expanding your musical horizons is one of the most rewarding opportunities.