December 6, 2010 | 12:21pm
Passion Pit/Mister Heavenly
December 4th, 2010
Fox Theater in Pomona
A buzz inside the Fox Theater in Pomona was immediately palpable upon entering the venue. The stacked line-up of Pepper Rabbit, We Barbarians, Mister Heavenly and Passion Pit had filled the theater and the line of kids waiting to get to the floor stretched back to the entrance doors. Was everyone here really waiting for Passion Pit or did word spread sufficiently that Michael Cera was playing bass for Mister Heavenly?
Pepper Rabbit came out first with their unique brand of folk pop weaving together such instruments as a ukulele, keyboards, bass and drums. Xander Singh switched effortlessly between between the ukulele and the keyboards while working through songs off their debut album Beauregard. Pepper Rabbit made the most of their twenty five minute set and garnered plenty of cheers from the crowd.
We Barbarians took no prisoners from the initial drum smash by Nathan Warkentin. The Long Beach-based band continues to tour on their excellent debut album There's This There's That. Davey Quon thrashed away at his guitar coming to the front of the stage occasionally to engage the crowd while Derek Van Heule flattened the audience with his Gibson ripper bass. We Barbarians just released a new seven inch vinyl record on Mister Mausters, which happens to be run by Matt Maust of the Cold War Kids.
Michael Cera playing bass. For more photos, check out our slideshow here
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Screams of "Michael!" "Canada!" and "Mister Heavenly!" soon started to emanate from the crowd. Mister Heavenly should be receiving most of its press from its all star line up of Honus Honus from Man Man, Joe Plummer from Modest Mouse and Nick Thorburn from Islands. The fact that actor Michael Cera joined the band on bass really added some extra spotlight to the band. The members of the band came out to double check their gear except for Cera who didn't appear until the whole band walked on stage.
Utilizing a Vox phantom bass, Cera was fully focused on his role as bass player looking at the notes he was playing and tapping his foot in time with the beat. Thorburn was madman on stage knocking over his microphone stand and writhing on the floor while playing guitar. Honus thrashed on his keyboard while trading off vocals with Thorburn. Mister Heavenly put on a fine performance given it was their fourth show together.
Mister Heavenly. For more photos, check out our slideshow here
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Not one soul left after Mister Heavenly played. The crowd was clearly there for Passion Pit and they naturally received the loudest ovation once they hit the stage. Crowd surfing broke out immediately upon the tidal waves of synthesizers that poured over the audience. The same line up will play the Hollywood Palladium this Tuesday in case you want to check out Michael Cera in action.