It was Saturday night and I had a tough choice ahead of me. There were good live events happening all over town and I had to pick one ... Japanese Psychedelic Band at the Where House, Neptune Locals in Cleburne, Foxtrot Uniform at Magnolia Motor Lounge, and We the Sea Lions at the Grotto. But when I saw Gallery Cat was playing at The Good Show live music showcase, my decision was made.
When I got there, they were just setting up the stage for Def Rain, a Denton act consisting of Ashley Cromeens of Record Hop fame (vocals) and Grant Ring (electronic music and lasers). Grant was behind a strange aluminum foil-covered table from which he controlled the music, the lasers and the fog machine.
Def Rain is very much a visual as well as sonic experience. Ashley’s vocals were run through a heavy delay which gave her a spacey, ethereal presence. She wore a reflective metallic hoodie, shuffling back and forth across the stage and out into the audience in a mechanical fashion, lit only by the lasers behind her. No matter how many times you see a laser show set to music, it’s just plain cool. And while Def Rain’s music stands on its own merits, the light show really put it over the top. I liked Record Hop, but this was somehow both uncomplicated and mind blowing.
In-between bands, Tom Urquhart and Chris Bellomy of The Good Show handled the emcee (not the rap kind) duties. Tony Diaz was stuck in Chicago, and since Bellomy has come out of retirement to re-join The Good Show on KTCU FM 88.7, they were both trying to fill Diaz’s very big shoes. The two of them together are not nearly as loud as Tony.
Gallery Cat was up next, and I’ve got to say right off the bat that the only thing I dislike about these guys is they don’t play Funkytown nearly enough. Gallery Cat is a hip-hop band consisting of Angelo Gonzales (vocals), Anthony Gonzales (vocals), Jonny Mack (keyboard), Rich Williams (bass), Trey Foote (guitar), and Jay Solis (drums). Angelo Gonzales fronts the group with his younger brother Anthony filling the hype man role.
There’s been a couple of lineup changes since last time I saw them, but if anything the band has gotten tighter and the stage show is still over the top. Angelo’s delivery is flawless and Anthony is perpetual motion with a microphone. During a couple of songs, I think he was airborne more than he was on the ground.
High on my list of why I dig Gallery Cat so much is they have all their music available for download, free, at Gallerycatmusic.com. Four albums’ worth. Be sure to check out their website, and if you see them playing, by all means go. They don’t do a ton of shows, and if you miss an opportunity you may not get another one for a long time.