Three To See

Here are just three of the great original St. Louis bands that play around town on a regular basis. Check these three out as soon as you get a chance.

Styk Factor—Back in 1992, I wrote a very positive review of Tribes With Knives, the loud and aggressive guitar band that Jeff Carline was a part of. One night at Kennedy’s, I asked him what he thought of the review. He responded by saying, “I felt kind of bad when I read it. I guess I’m overcritical of my own music.” This review will most likely make the man break down and cry. He has gone from playing guitars to keyboards, from knives to sticks. What Carline has now is a great synth/goth band that has all the creativity of Tribes With Knives, in a far mellower form. It’s impossible not to be drawn into the great keyboard melodies or to be drawn to the charismatic and theatrical singer who performs as if in the Rocky Horror Picture Show. The highlight of the set is the band’s cover of “Ring of Fire,” which sounds surprisingly great on keyboards.

The Adored—
I saw this four-piece guitar rock band for the first time a few weeks ago, and I couldn’t believe how good they were. I have seen major national acts perform that aren’t even in the same league as these guys. Their songs are so unpredictable, catchy, and well-played, it’s hard to believe a major label hasn’t picked them up. The band’s live show consists of a strong electric guitar sound that has all the good riffs a good band should have, and they even have the good vocals to go with it. There’s no shortage of energy in their set, and boredom is not even an option.

Supercrush—Supercrush has managed to attract a lot of pretty girls to their shows in the past year. You may think that’s really all I need to write, but this guitar-pop band has never sounded better than they do right now. A couple of recent acoustic shows showed everyone that Supercrush sounds good even without the loud electric guitars, and their new material is stronger than ever. Still, the band’s hauntingly catchy song, “Awake,” which can be heard on their self-titled CD, is the big highlight of the set.

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