Thursday, March 24, 2011


Monday night was spent at the Bluebird Theater to see She Wants Revenge. I saw them perform in LA on October 24, 2009 when they opened up the evening show for Echo & The Bunnymen on their Ocean Rain Tour. I liked SWR enough to buy a couple of their CDs which were promptly confiscated by my daughter, disappearing into her cluttered room, never to be seen again. So I had no choice but to go when I learned the were beginning their 2011 tour here in Denver, on their way to the Coachella Music Festival in Indio CA this coming April.

Wikipedia describes them as such:

She Wants Revenge is an American musical duo, based in San Fernando Valley, California.

Due to a broad array of musical influences, and a reluctance to stick to a single genre of music, She Wants Revenge's genre is often disputed.

Considered part of the post-punk revival movement of the 00s, the group have been compared to Joy Division or Interpol in the music press because both vocalists (Paul Banks and Justin Warfield) have similarities to the baritone vocal range of Ian Curtis. However, Justin Warfield has stated many times his band is more electronically based often referring to She Wants Revenge as "Dance Music."

Musically, their influences range from the dance of 1980s acts like New Order, Depeche Mode and The Psychedelic Furs to the alternative rock groups of the 1990s, such as Pulp, My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth to the darker rock bands of the New Wave and post-punk movements such as Bauhaus, Danse Society, and The Sisters of Mercy who helped create the aesthetics of the original gothic rock genre.

Justin Warfield speaks about the umbrella term darkwave which has been applied to She Wants Revenge's music:

“ ...Dark wave to me is darker than what we do, I mean honestly I just consider it dancy rock n roll: not like rock n roll like early Stones dancy rock n roll, but certainly rock n roll like dance. Sure we've said before it's like dark dance because that's an easy way for people to wrap their hands around it. If you want to get more specific, yeah it's dark.”

The show opened up with a DJ spinning records, followed by The Californian. Everyone was waiting to SWR, who put on a great show. When I shut my eyes I could swear I was listening to Interpol. I loved it! I'm glad they made it to Denver.

The show was recorded, yielding a very fine audience recording that captures their sound. Find it here:

For those of you who could not attend, enjoy!


Anonymous said...

Could you reupload since mega upload was taken down?

volcano man said...

Will do, just give me a few days.

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