Kids of Comets
Confession: Amy and I saw Ours at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis about ten years ago. What I can tell you back then was the show was packed and singer Jimmy Gnecco loved being photographed. He's singing into people's camera, he's hanging off the ceiling, he's jumping into the crowd. The guy was a born performer.
Seeing Ours (with their current roster) last night, I can report back that the band is still solid! Gnecco still has that incredible voice. To me, singers who stressed their vocals like Gnecco can demonstrate live - they don't last long as singers.
As you can see from their set list, they did songs from the first two albums, Distorted Lullabies and Precious, as sort of bookends. The middle of their set is mostly from Mercy with songs like "Murder", "Black", and "Saint". You also got "Bells", which was from Gnecco's solo album, Heart.
Clearly the fans favorite songs came from the debut album, "Fallen Souls", which they closed out the set.
Personally, because I am a huge Information Society fan, I absolutely loved their cover version of "Running". It was more harder and less synth, but that's just what that song needed. Since Information Society started in Minneapolis, this song held a special meaning for me.
Anyway, Ours are currently on their summer tour. They are doing a few dates with the legendary Peter Murphy, so lucky you if you live in those area.
Ours at the 400 Bar, Minneapolis (07/10/12)