Ive been listening to the new KatsüK CD for a few weeks now Daniel KatsüK slipped me an advance copy but Saturday was the official release concert at The Where House, and I wanted to experience the new KatsüK visually as well as sonically.
Every time I visit the Where House on Hemphill, theyve changed something. This time, there was a magic vent pipe the size of a coffee can blasting cold air out of the mural by the stage. I grabbed a seat on the bass bin in front of the pipe and watched Neptune Locals play a first-class set. The band consists of Danny Ferry (vocals, guitar), Victor Garcia (drums), and Scott Bruce (bass). I could have packed up and gone home after their set and I would have been perfectly satisfied, but power pop band Goodwin was up next.
Goodwin performed a flawless, animated set that brought the crowd even closer to the stage. This band -- Tony Diaz (vocals), Damien Stewart (drums), Danielle Gomez (guitar) and Matt Hembree (bass) -- has been around for a decade, and they only seem to get better with age. While Tony is certainly a first class frontman, Gomez is a blast to watch as well. There are rumors of a new CD in the works, and I cant wait to get my hands on it.
The highlight of the evening was Daniel KatsüK, who in typical fashion took the stage with face paint, lasers, and fog. The music from his new CD seems more aggressive, with Daniel playing electric guitar, and the overall sound is more rock n roll and less of the ethereal, spiritual offering Im used to. Not to say it wasnt there at all we still got the native flute music and acoustic guitar. And Daniels voice and presence has a soothing quality to it that you dont hear anywhere else. He was joined on stage by David Oliver (drums), AQAL (bass), and Jeff Dahlgren (guitar).
Speaking of KatsüK and voices, Daniel is known for his voice work in a dozen or so anime cartoons, including Dragonball Z and Full Metal Alchemist. In fact, his Wikipedia page is about his voice work, not his music. Following an uplifting and energizing set that ran well past two in the morning, Daniel announced that the band would take a break and then play at least one more set. Canvases were set up and paint provided for the fans to do their own artwork while they waited.
The band seemed to have limitless energy, but I didnt, and I headed out while the party was still in full swing. One of the great things about the Where House is that it is not a bar, so its not subject to normal bar hours. I have no idea what time they stopped playing. And although I was tired, I left feeling better than when I arrived. That seems to always be the case at a KatsüK show.
The Where House is emerging as the venue of choice for eclectic local music offerings. If I was going to take someone from out of town to just one place to hear live music it would be the Where House; nothing else exemplifies whats going on in Funkytown like this space.