|Photo by: Katie Pinter|
A giant, glowing technicolored Eiffel Tower sits outside the Outland Live dance club. Although it seems out of place in downtown Columbus, the eccentric landmark perfectly captures the spirit of The Wombats, who stopped in the city while on their second U.S. tour.
Walking into the show ten minutes late, the first thing I see is the lead singer of The Static Jacks holding up a carboard sign painted with the phrase, "Everybody F**k Off" while singing along to a punk infused indie rock tune.
Adding to their angsty appearance, the New Jersey band informed the crowd of their "gothic theme" for the night, as they donned all black outfits. Despite all this, The Static Jacks delivered energetic garage rock songs that reminded me more of The Libertines than The Sex Pistols.
The lead singer was very fun to watch as he bopped around the stage, curls bouncing along as he banged the tambourine and jammed on the keyboard. Later, he produced yet another homemade poster, this time saying "Together" and "Follow" on opposite sides.
Though the crowd's faces looked happily confused at the sign, it was clear the group was very excited to play, which definitely amped up the audience for the rest of the night.
Following The Static Jacks was New York City's The Postelles, who quickly charmed the crowd with their brand of indie-pop. It took a couple of songs for me to figure out what was so familiar about the lead vocalist, and then I realized he could pass for actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt's doppelganger.
The band dished out songs off their debut album 123 Stop, such as the punchy dance number "White Night" and sweet crooning tune "Hey Little Sister."
In between numbers, an obviously drunk guy in the audience shouted for the band to play Metallica. "You want Metellica, I think you're at the wrong concert. How about some Hall and Oates instead?" the lead singer jokingly retorted, to which the rest of the crowd cheered in agreement.
Although no Hall and Oates was played, The Postelles did ask the audience if they'd rather hear a cover of Elvis or The Ramones. By popular response, they followed up with their take on The Ramones hit "Beat on the Brat," but that's about as close to Metallica as they got.
Throughout their set, it seemed apparent the group sounded like they were influenced by British pop-rock, so it's no surprise that the group announced that they would be back in Columbus later on in the month to play with The Kooks at the Newport Music Hall on November 25.
As soon as The Wombats graced the stage, the room cheered, and it was clear the venue was full of devoted fans when the crowd sang along loudly to the their opening number, "Kill the Director."
The show continued to go uphill from there. The energy in the room kept riding as they played old favorites like "Patricia the Stripper" and "Moving to New York" as well as newer hits, such as "1996" and "Jump into the Fog."
With more of a focus on This Modern Glitch--their latest record--the band was very interactive with their audience, asking them to jump and clap along to every song. They didn't really need to ask, though, since their dynamic tunes are so full of life it was nearly impossible not to join in the fun.
Soon after, the band decided to end their show, much to the disappointment of the crowd, and played off the stage with their first single off their new album, "Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)." But even the synth-pop song couldn't pacify the crowd, because they clapped and chanted until the band came back for an encore.
Upon their return, they indulged the crowd in playing a few more numbers and said that the audience here may have been the best they've ever had, but it all depended on how they received the last song. And with that, the band received an explosive response as soon as the first few notes of "Let's Dance to Joy Division" were heard.
That was not their last song, however, and the group actually ended with an instrumental, metal-infused tune. Once before in their set had they played a similar bit, but I thought it was merely an extension to a song, but The Wombats were simply stepping out of their indie rock box.
By the end of the show, I was utterly exhausted and could already feel the blisters forming from all the dancing. The Static Jacks and The Postelles are definitely groups to watch, and The Wombats delivered a frenzy of excitement that kept fans happy and will certainly bring more to come.
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