Concert Reviews

Seraphim Shock in top form at Gothic Theatre over the weekend

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This time around, Wacht displayed a confidence and finesse in her performance and singing, more so than ever, and it wasn't so much in her range as it was in her unique phrasing. This, coupled with her strong presence and understated charisma, is her real hook as a singer. During "Justify," you could hear how the band has expertly filtered in stirring synth tones to fill out the guitar samples to a far greater degree.

With a live bassist, the band's sound has thickened considerably, and everything seemed sensuously dynamic. And while the band's covers of "Carolyn's Fingers" by Cocteau Twins and "Every Day Is Exactly the Same" by Nine Inch Nails were impressive, it shined most on its own material which seemed to have whole a new life breathed into it.

Lola Black might seem like any other band walking the tightrope between punk and melodic hard rock were it not for the fact that the sextet actually works well together to put on a true performance. Former Skivies bassist, Matthew Hale, helped hold the rhythm down with James Rock in order for everyone else to fly free with spirited performances.

During "Stuck On You," with its driving beat and catchy riff, the band sounded a bit like Blondie gone metal. Lola Black herself, meanwhile, sounded a lot like Gwen Stefani with a lot more guts and soul. While not for everyone, Lola Black, at the very least, put in a high energy performance that probably won over some doubters by the end of the set.

While Seraphim Shock's crew set up, the curtains were closed, obscuring all except some flickering lights and a bit of fog that snuck out. When the curtains finally opened, we saw none other than Sid Pink on stage with an empty rocking chair behind him. In typical fashion, Pink laid out some jokes and had fun at the expense of the audience and the band, only no "Think Pink!" game shows this time around or hilariously mean digs at the Goth community.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.