Last Night El Perro Del Mar @ Neumo’s
posted by March 10 at 4:54 PMon
Bummer of a night for El Perro Del Mar: Come all the way from Sweden to play to a crowd that’s not interested. Not faulting the crowd, because it was a birthday party after all, and people were there to celebrate. But the main room at Neumo’s was so loud with conversation that it was nearly impossible to hear Sarah Assbring’s voice. When it did slip through the noise, though, it sounded far richer and more confident than it does on her album, and it was a beautiful thing.
She started the set solo with acoustic guitar, strumming a song I didn’t recognize and, unfortunately, could hardly hear. Her three-piece band came out dressed in dapper suits and ties to play Rhodes, bass, and guitar, with one of them triggering drum loops and percussion. It might have been a great set but I couldn’t tell you. The room was simply too loud and her music too gentle and the night too incongruent to make for a good performance.
I got frustrated and left after five or six songs, so I didn’t stick around for the Saturday Knights, who I’m sure provided a raucous throwdown far more suited to the crowd and the occasion.
Speaking of raucous throwdowns, Misshapes at Last Supper Club was… well, let’s just say that last night felt like old times in downtown Fort Lauderdale, surrounded by spray-on tans, black button-down shirts, and expensive shoes. And it was fucking fun.
Read FITS in next week’s paper to get the full story.