If you did not make it down to the 5 Points pub in Columbia on Saturday, October 20th, then you missed a good lineup up of music. Headlined by Columbia’s own Death of Paris, the night started with a strong showing of sounds by Anti Drive, some local “Young Guns”, who could be going places. Full Color footage followed, featuring an eclectic and tight sound, which fell on par with the likings of Radiohead. Fusebox Poet, a Charlotte based outfit, upped the energy by bringing to the table their own brand of melodic crunch, backed by an enormously solid rhythm section and slick vocals.
The culmination of the night, however, belonged to the host of the party…Death of Paris. The show began with the premiere video release of their latest song “Narcoleptic”, which was filmed by Shae Winston of Winston visions. Blindingly artistic, the video rivaled anything one would see mainstream. Admittedly, this was my first experience to see Death of Paris in a live setting. Having heard their album, I feared they had relied heavily on the wondrous toys and magical abilities of studio wizardry. Therefore, I was somewhat nervous about how the band would sound in a live setting. Not only was I pleasantly surprised, but can say without question that this band is legit. Death of Paris describes their sound as Electro Pop, which I can totally understand and embrace. It is like “ear candy”…sweet, full, powerful, and you want some more as soon as you have consumed the last piece. Led vocally by Jayna Doyle, this is one tight and well-controlled outfit of musicians. The group plays well together, and it is apparent that they enjoy performing. Coupled with a dazzling array of lights and lasers, the combination of visuals and music made for a compelling show. I really like it when a show comes off well, especially in the midst of a small, yet respectable crowd. The atmosphere was cozy enough to feel at times as if they were playing in my living room. Strong hooks, great vocals, and wonderful stage presence made for an entertaining evening. I am certainly looking forward to their new material dropping this spring. Throw in a fat man and a tree and you’ve got a musical Christmas!