I don’t make it out to shows very often. Day jobs and life really do get in the way. If you’re not playing at my local bar down the street than odds are I’m not going to see you live. When I heard that Hidden Hospitals, (ex Dameira and Kiss Kiss), were playing within driving distance, I had to go. What I didn’t count on, however, were awesome openers. Abel was one of those.
Listening to a record and seeing that record live are two completely different things. These guys are awesome. I’m not a religious person, and while these fellows definitely fall into some kind of religious rock, their musicianship, songwriting and stage presence really take them beyond what can sometimes be a pigeon holing genre. Saints is a song that I think exemplifies that. These guys rock and those vocals are catchier than your seasonal cold.
You should really see them live. Their record is amazing and more than worth picking up, but they were breathing life into that stage. Their bassist gets a little funky on this track and I love his tone. It sounds like Fender dipped in gold, wrapped in chocolate and sprinkled with rainbows. It’s a good one. The gang vocals make me want to join in and when his voice breaks up at the end it’s so damn bittersweet. Their drummer kills it. The song is beautifully orchestrated. The rest of the album is stacking up to be equally over-satisfying. Be sure to check these guys out.