UPSET/ALL DOGS/BABY GHOSTS/SUSAN
BOOTLEG THEATER, LOS ANGELES
06 AUGUST, 2014
Susan kicked off the night, and they came to play, overcoming feedback and wonky mic stands to deliver a winning set. They were new to me, but that won't be the last time we cross paths. Baby Ghosts celebrated their last show on a tour with All Dogs by picking up the baton, snapping it in half, and crunching the remains underfoot. A blistering, high octane set of fast, but melodic punk that threatened to come apart at the seams, but didn't quite. They left mouths wide open. Ladies and gentlemen: Baby Ghosts, remember the name. My most-played piece of music last year didn't make the top ten album list, but no mistake, the 4 song 7" from All Dogs has never left active duty, and it was a treat to finally see them. That the songs pack an even bigger punch live was the bonus, and by the time they swung into "Buddy" and "Say" to close the set, the emotional meter was off the charts. Fate would have us cross paths a few days later in Oakland, so you'll certainly hear more about them. With Upset, it's more a case of 'where were we last', as the LA quartet are certainly no strangers to frequent readers. Taken down to its core of Ali Koehler and drummer Patti Schemel, the band has reconfigured with Rachel (from Slutever) sitting in on bass, and brand new guitarist Lauren. No big changes in the set, based on their debut LP, She's Gone, but the sound was faster and harder, and it will be interesting to see where this lineup takes their next record. A thrilling night from start to finish, and while one can't put their finger on precisely what, it felt like the start of something.