Featuring the sonic optimism and pop sensibilities of Kim Deal's post-Pixies project the Breeders, Camp Out has embarked on a musical project infused with various drum loops and synthesizers. Currently the twosome are wandering around the West Coast in support of their 2010 debut release Closer. They appeared Friday night at an all-ages show at Tustin's Beach Pit and BBQ. The 40-minute set illustrated the point that just because a band has the resources to record a good record doesn't mean they can play well.
If you give Closer a spin, one song in particular stands out: The uber catchy "Car Crash." With it's anthemic hook and impassioned lyrics sung in rounds, this one is a winner. The band played it toward the end of their set, but sadly, in a live setting, singer Hanks has a meek voice that is all throat and no diaphragm. Sounding like a nervous teenager, Hanks' vocals were accompanied by her revving electric guitar, which might as well have been played through a drive-through speaker box. The show's one saving grace was drummer Jackie Law's multi-tasking stage-craft. The ambidextrous percussionist would deftly switch between only drumming to drumming with one hand while simultaneously playing keyboard or operating her laptop. The rest of the set isn't worth discussing.
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