Three of Clubs Tour Dates
12/03 - Denver, CO - Marquis TheatreRead More
12/04 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
12/06 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
12/07 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project
12/08 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
12/09 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
12/11 - San Diego, CA - 5th Avenue Side Stage
12/12 - Los Angeles, CA - Roxy Theatre
12/14 - Scottsdale, AZ - Roxy Lounge
12/17 - Tulsa, OK - The Vanguard
12/18 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
12/19 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
But, in terms of indie-pop/rock, the Three of Clubs Fall Tour is much closer to a winning hand. The tour has brought together Sweden’s The Royal Concept, Brooklyn’s American Authors and NYC’s Misterwives; bands that each foreshadowed bigger things ahead, in a Sunday night performance at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis.
NYC indie-pop-soul band Misterwives got things started with a brief but energetic set; petite singer Mandy Lee (who has also sang with Boyce Avenue) has pipes at least twice her size, as showcased on tracks like ‘Coffins’ and the dancy ‘Kings and Queens’, both from their Revolutions EP. A slower ‘Lullaby’ is making radio waves currently and they threw in a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’, assumedly, for the fun of it.
THE ROYAL CONCEPT
David Larson (lead vocals, guitar, keyboard), Filip Bekic (guitar), Robert Magnus (bass), and Frans Povel (drums) got the crowd moving immediately with the title track to their full-length, then into ‘Radio’ and ‘World on Fire’ (with Larson on vocoder) from the new EP. Comparisons have been made to a “Phoenix+Strokes sound”, but careful listening shows the band to be deeper than that, with charming electro-pop songs that bring warmth into any cold night and a live energy that is all their own.
A Daft Punk cover, ‘Digital Love’ was well received, though it was unsure how many in the young crowd recognized it as such, and the 1-2 punch of ‘D-D-Dance’ and ‘Gimme Twice’ from their first EP, struck the crowd to “dance until you get it right” as the lyrics to the former were heard.
Very fitting that the last song played, the cheery ‘On Our Way’, was about living for today and letting go of any inhibitions. If this and their Wombats opening slot were any indication, this is a band to watch “on their way.”
Brooklyn-based American Authors closed the night with their first area headlining show, perhaps the result of single ‘Best Day of My Life’ getting so much recent airplay, as well as being featured in Lowe’s and World Series commercials. Or the fact that lead singer Zachary Barnett actually grew up locally and went to high school here, before meeting his fellow bandmates at Berklee College in Boston.
Changing their name from The Blue Pages in 2012 (into something actually more ubiquitous to Google), the band has released a 5-track self-titled EP (Mercury Records), with full-length expected in March 2014.
In addition to Barnett, James Shelley (guitar/ banjo), Matt Sanchez (drums), and Dave Rublin (bass) kept the positive energy level high; never standing still, and feeding off the energy of an excited crowd. Initial hit ‘Believer’ had the faithful huddled near the front of the stage mouthing every word, with Barnett asking afterwards, “How many of you did I go to high school with?”, knowing it wasn’t just friends and family that have been made aware of their music.
‘Trouble’ started slow and ballad-like, then morphed, with Sanchez’ booming drumbeats and Shelley’s banjo, into an anthemic, foot-stomping rouser. The band followed this with a surprising cover of Ellie Goulding’s ‘Lights’ which also started quieter, but transformed into a big sound version of the electro-based original.
Set finale was predictably ‘Best Day of My Life’ with the crowd involved in the call-and-response of the chorus, which had them sounding louder than the band itself and pogoing in place.
Like Imagine Dragons, American Authors aspires to a sound bigger than the small clubs they are currently playing; though it remains to be seen if they can achieve that same level of success, Sunday’s performance was a positive sign in that direction.
Overall, Three of Clubs is a winning hand, and a fall tour worth catching; for the fun of it all and to say in a few years, that you saw one or more of these bands when they were still playing to small crowds.
American Authors at Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis (12/01/13)