Wednesday, April 30, 2008

siberian @ silverlake lounge

I’m still trying to work out the exact nature of Siberian’s demographic appeal. It’s strange, our photographer, who is well known to hate everything in life that’s beautiful, loves them. Me, self-proclaimed queen of the twee, well, I love them too. You’d think this wide range of appeal - that is, if you’re willing to take the Would-Be Hipsters as a cross section of society - would equal an aural train wreck. Not so. The everyman appeal is evident1 and in a shocking economy of descriptors, it’s easy to classify Siberian: rock.

Seeing music at the Silverlake lounge is great. With its idolatry-eliminating demi-stage and cloistered environment, it’s more like the flannel-clad boys next door came over to play a set in your living room than it is a formal concert – that is, if your neighborhood is made of more awesome than mine. At times Siberian’s self-described "epically decent2" sound was almost too much for the tiny venue. They were not born to be a bar band. Judging by the turnout, a decent increase from January’s rain-drenched show, this shouldn’t be a problem they'll be dealing with for much longer.

It’s refreshing really, to see five guys crash though some truly great, angst-tinged rock with little regard for flowery "extras." Has anyone else noticed this trend to dress up what should be a straightforward chance to rock out? Recently I saw a bone necklace on an opener's bass player. Costumes rarely bode well. Start-ups take note: you are not the Flaming Lips. Take a page out of Siberian’s book and let the rock speak for itself. Please.

As for Siberian, I'll take a cue from their back-to-basics approach to music and avoid the self-aware closer we're so fond of around these parts. Bottom line: if you like rock, you'll like them. Buy their CD. See them live. You won't be sorry.

1.Watch out, Death Cab.
2. Best line ever! Never change.

(photo Siberian: David Studarus)

mp3: "Islands Forever" by Siberian

18 comments:

Allan said...

I doubt I'll ever see them come to Toronto. I dug their album a ton.

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