Written by Samuel Barker
Jun 11, 2003 at 08:00 PM
ImageThe influx of lo-fi rock bands like The Strokes and The Hives have led to a lot of imitators. You had to look no further than this night to catch a couple of them. Rooney, despite not contain the infamous ‘The’ in their name, were definitely in on it, as were the UK’s Feeder.This movement originally came as a bit of fresh air to boring, stagnant rock scene. However, it didn’t take long for it to get overused, consumered and manufactured.

Opening the show was a little cheeseball band from LA called AM Radio. These guys has some sappy pop rock songs, some simple hook driven melodies and a special ingredient, LA flavor. From the opening glam metal yell from vocalist Kevin Ridel, there was no question where these kids were from.

Guitarist Jason Moore and Rowan Robertson delivered some killer solos that scortched over the other’s riffs. These guys brought some of the Hollywood glam metal flavor to the whole lo-fi rock realm and made something greater than what the other bands of the night had to offer.

While some would slag this band off as being some kids playing a role, these guys seemed to have a firm grip of where they’re from and a willingness to institute it into their music. The silly cheesiness of glam with the simplicity of barre chord driven rock music worked well with this band.

Feeder, a band from the UK, led by dwarfish lead vocalist/guitarist Grant Nicholas, these guys covered ground that had been hashed many time. Poppy hooks, simplistic riffs that any kid could pull off at home and an appearance so sweet it could rot your teeth.

Headlining the show was Rooney. Rooney is riding a pretty big wave of publicity, all the kiddies in attendance were excited to get a chance to check these guys out.

Rooney was good for what they were, a contributor to a new trend and a high energy young band. Granted, they weren’t the most active band ever on stage, but maybe that will come with time…or maybe they don’t want to break the current image set forth by Julian Casablancas of the Strokes.

Who knows?