It wasn’t intentional, but Saturday, round 2 of NorthSide felt like a bit of a bummer – like hump day, both in terms of music, weather, and public (my) health. The music selections were possibly to blame too – where we had been absolutely wrecked by Minds of 99 and dumbfounded and confused by a live Mexican wrestling match during the dark goth-metal of Puscifer. UMO would be a ray of hope and proverbial sunshine – and the first time I truly enjoyed myself on Saturday.
I was impressed that so many people would bare witness and enjoy this strange little band – who played a blindingly enjoyable – both technically and aurally – brilliant set with very little stage antics, lights or even guitar techs that one would expect for a band at this stage and time.
The sound got off to a bumpy start in the opening numbers – but was soon rectified – mainly Reubens’ vocals – which are a central part of the whole bag – and their heavily compressed effects. The band straight out of the gate though were very in the pocket – and already improvising like old pros – SUMMER JAMS BABY!!!!!
The vibe of the funky undertones – especially from the bands first 2 albums when they played “So Good At Being In Trouble” and “Jello Fund” carried the crowd into a happier place – there were people actually dancing out of joy – and not someone on stage telling them to – as we were not getting much banter from UMO at all – but that was what made it so good, the fact that these men just played fantastically. A couple of new songs slotted in nice next to a very “Multi-Love” heavy set, peppered with favorites from the first two records. A near-virtuoso performance from a band that should have been in much bigger print on the NS poster campaign!
"A near-virtuoso performance from a band that should have been in much bigger print on the NS poster campaign! " (4.5/6)