Seeing Derek Lyn Plastic at The Star Bar is a pre-holiday tradition here at 7 Inch Atlanta. Last year, DLP was still a four-piece and wrapped up a month-long residency with an unusual pairing in Vera Fang and Das Manics. This time, DLP was a three-piece and the supporting bands were Pleasure Cruise and Facehugger.
Pleasure Cruise features Vera Fang alum Sunni and her friend Ross. Their brand of goth-influenced dance punk is more about the playlist than the setlist, as they sing and strum the bass and/or guitar along with pre-recorded electronic music and a drum machine. Dark yet sexy lyrics highlight their better songs, like "Pussy Disaster", and the highlight of their live set is Sunni's rendition of the Misfits' "Astro Zombies". It was the second best cover of the song I've heard.*
Facehugger has made some changes lately, as they have added a fourth member and now mainly stick with instrumental numbers. Don't worry if you're a fan of John Hannah mimicking a stroke on stage, as he still does that a time or two per set, but now Facehugger's appeal is their mix of psychedelic surf rock and kraut and punk influences. They even use a shoddy drum kit on stage and even use the whole thing on a couple of songs. It's too early to say if Facehugger 2.0 is better than the original, but I for one would like to see them live enough times to make an assessment.
Derek and his band finished out the night. Facehugger had the crowd dancing, so it looked like DLP was going to keep the party going, but things got halted when the before-mentioned shoddy drum kit went kaput early in the second song. After a five minute intermission, DLP picked up where they left off and played a solid set of Derek's newest songs. There's no telling how many songs the guy has written in the past year and a half, and one thing to be thankful for in this post-Thanksgiving world is the chance we'll have early next year to hear two of those songs and a Pink Floyd cover (!!!) thanks to Certified PR Records. Though DLP put on a good show, a lot of folks headed for the exit during the unexpected intermission. Their loss.
* This, unlike My Chemical Romance, is better than Pleasure Cruise.