Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Mika Miko, Coathangers, Strange Boys combine for SOTY candidate

The visiting Strange Boys and Mika Miko and the home-grown Coathangers put on what has to be one of the best local shows of 2009.

The Strange Boys, who sound like some sort of modern garage rock blending of The Kinks and Creedence Clearwater Revivial, opened and played an awesome set. While several of their songs sound the same, that's okay since they do what they do as well as anyone. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," right? They even covered the before-mentioned CCR, as their high-pitched singer belted out "Lodi."

Up next was The Coathangers, as they departed Atlanta for a five-week tour with one of their best sets in recent memories. At sloppier moments, like on the closer, "Don't Touch My Shit," the band's energy mixed with an eager, packed audience made up for any potential downfall to a strong set. Highlights included a performance of "Nestle In My Boobies" enhanced by the best Thrill Cosby rap to date and "Pussywillow." Who would have imagined when we first heard songs like "Parking Lot" a few years ago that the band would someday have songs as solid as the latter in their repertoire?

The main event exceeded its hype, as Mika Miko played a tight set made up mostly of songs from their new We Be XUXA LP. They also broke out classics like "Business Cats" and "End of Time" and, during their encore, a cover of "Commando" by The Ramones.

The highlight may have been the band's two lead singers, as both of them were absolutely fearless and showed no signs of self-consciousness or stage fright. Do you tire of singers who look like they are about to puke throughout their band's set and do not know what to do with their hands? Does hearing shit like "I'm sorry guys, I'm so drunk," after every third song get old? Well, I doubt you'd have to contend with any of that at a Mika Miko show.

By the end of the night, I was not sure who I should envy: The Coathangers for getting to see Mika Miko multiple times during their tour or Mika Miko for getting to hear the new batch of Coathangers tunes several nights in a row. I suppose being jealous of tourmates The Strange Boys would settle that internal struggle.

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