I have a long history of going to see bands just to hear one specific song performed live. I saw the Cardigans just to hear “Lovefool”. I saw Cornershop just to hear “Brimful of Asha”. I had albums by those bands, though, so I was actually familiar with more than one song at the time of the show. It’s just that I liked that one song so much that I had to go hear it live. Well, I’ve taken it a step further by going to see a band based solely on the one and only song of theirs I’d ever heard. I’m talking about the band Girls and their song “Lust for Life”. It’s my favorite pop song of 2009.
Girls played in Seattle on Tuesday night with another San Francisco band, Dominant Legs. I must admit here that I sort of liked Dominant Legs more than Girls. They’re an unsigned band, but they’re incredibly endearing and they’ve got a good, catchy sound. The guy stands around and dances like it’s the 80s. The girl stands around and pretends to play the keyboards. They’ve got five demos on their website, but they haven’t officially released anything yet. My favorite of the demos is called “Young at Love and Life”. It has a Stuart Murdoch-y sound to it. They made an ultra-lo-fi video for another of their songs. It’s full of slam dunks, jump ropes, and one horrific mullet.
Here’s the setlist for Dominant Legs. I made up titles for the songs they haven’t posted yet; those titles are the ones in quotation marks:
Dominant Legs setlist: Young At Love and Life/Just Silly Ones/Run Like Hell For Leather/”I have denied myself”/About My Girls/Clawing Out At the Walls/Loving Now/”it’s not like it was when we were kids” (band version)
Girls was also good, but they went on a bit too long and got kind of sleepy-sounding at the end. They played “Lust for Life”, though, so I left with a smile on my face. Unfortunately, they left out the song’s ba-bahs, so my smile was slightly crooked.
Girls main set: Laura/Ghost Mouth/Heartbreaker/Headache/God Damned/Solitude/Summertime/Darling/Lust For Life/Hellhole Ratrace/Morning Light/Oh Boy/Lauren Marie
Encore (solo): Cold Again/Nobody’s Business/Broken Dreams Club
Oh, here are my usual concert-related pictures and scans: