From time to time, one stumbles upon a great band in a small venue that ends up not only exciting the imagination, but in some cases blowing up. The whole "I remember seeing them at (insert club)" or "I saw them open for (band)" is an amazing experience for any type of music lover. I was fortunate enough to see the Killers open for Stellastarr* in the House of Blues Parish, Better than Ezra in 1994 before they were signed to Electra, and Snow Patrol at Voodoo before anyone really knew who they were. Thus is the case as I’m predicting for Lower Dens.
The band formed in 2010 and hail from Baltimore, Maryland. Their music is a blend of indie rock and dream pop.
Jana Hunter is the band's lead singer and guitarist. Androgyny is a way of life as Hunter identifies as gender fluid, or non-binary. This mystique is beyond a stage gimmick and in no way hampers the band's sound.
Hunter is a force to be reckoned with on the guitar and vocally somber, which make for a nice counter balance. The band has put out three albums and their set was mainly composed of this year’s release, Escape from Evil. The One Eyed Jacks crowd was thick and enjoyed every minute of the show, eating up each moment and relishing the Hall and Oats cover of “Maneater,” some not so subtle irony there.
You can see more pictures of the show here: http://jalbum.net/a/1650262