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The Men @ 7th Street Entry

Apr 16, 2014

The chilly weather of April 14th, 2014 put a frown on people’s faces, given the warm weather of the preceding week. Somebody needed to keep our hearts on fire to combat the cold. Luckily, The Men and The Silver Palms brought some of the ol’ rock and roll at the 7th Street Entry to warm us up.

The chilly weather of April 14th put a frown on people’s faces, given the warm weather of the preceding week. Somebody needed to keep our hearts on fire to combat the cold. Luckily, The Men and The Silver Palms brought some of the ol’ rock and roll at the 7th Street Entry to warm us up.

THE SILVER PALMS

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The opening act for this show was the Georgia-based band the Silver Palms. The band combined the timeless sounds of bands like the New York Dolls and Ramones with the charisma of the Stone Roses and Oasis. For 20 minutes, the Silver Palms got the audience to warm up from the cold outside with their catchy tunes that call back to rock, punk, and garage classics. I can definitely expect to hear more from this band in the future.

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THE MEN

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The Men kick-started their set with a burst of feedback that led into the pair of “Oscillation” and “Please Don’t Go Away”, both of them from their 2012 album Open Your Heart. The energy of the band spread across the venue and into the audience. Some of the audience members even started flailing about, to the rhythm of the songs.

The band blazed through their 60-minute set, with intensity at a maximum. All of their songs were chaotic, propulsive, and life-affirming to anyone who heard them. Songs like “Dark Waltz” and “Pearly Gates”, both from their most recent album Tomorrow’s Hits, were featured. Even though their most recent album was recorded in a more professional setting, all of the songs in the show sounded like they came from their early and more abrasive works.

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The Men rounded their set with the slow-burning “If You Leave”, taken from their 2nd album Leave Home. The song, heavy on feedback and soaring guitar sounds, engulfed the audience in a sea of noise. The encore featured a take on the Stooges’ classic “I Wanna Be Your Dog” that took the original’s swagger and made it more propulsive.

Both The Men and the Silver Palms brought a strong mix of old and new at the 7th Street Entry. Both combined the sounds of yesterday with the intensity and urgency of today. This winning combination led to a fiery night that helped people forget about the cold and enjoy an incredible show.

Photos & Review by Jio Nocon