Elexa and I went to Mocambo yesterday to see Babslei, a Russian girl ska band and Harwath, the band Lasse (from the Media Lab) plays drums in. The gig started two hours late but it was definitely worth the wait.
The first band, Shistavich, was excellent, reminding me a little of First Floor Power, though I’m at a loss as to categorize the band any better than that. Harwath was, to tell the truth a pain. They were pretty good, but I can’t say I like proto punk rock (think early Pelle Miljoona)—especially at one AM on a school night.
Babslei, however, blew the bank. They were so good, so enthralling, that Elexa and I couldn’t believe it. Elexa said she didn’t know that people could perform like that. The lead singer especially, dressed only in a red caftan, was perhaps the most charismatic singer I’ve ever seen. I love Russians.
It’s weird to think that Titanic’s distress signal is now over 90 light years away in outer space.