GR's music has always sounded like a carefully constructed amalgam of hard, chest vibrating beats and fuzzy, rock/country twang. Their sound can be cold as ice or warm as the morning sun. Opening their set with the harsh, robotic beats of “I Wear the Ears,” platinum blond front woman Jessica von Rabbit started had pretty icy stage presence. Staring wide-eyed at the audience, most of her enthusiasm filtered through her pupils, which dialed back and forth like a smiling Cheshire Cat kitchen clock. Rocking her hips mechanically in a beige secretary outfit from the '50s, von Rabbit was going through the motions alongside GR's other multi-instrumentalist co-founder, Todd Rutherford, and guitarist Ethan Allen and drummer Hayden Scott.
Case in point: “American Hookers,” a classic from their Radio Angel and Robot Beat album. Piercing through the songs' pouncing distortion, von Rabbit chanted the chorus “Everybody's hooked now…everybody's hooked now…everybody's hooked,” as the front row crowd dutifully tracked her every move.
After hopping off stage for less than a few minutes, the band returned,
relieving a few groaning fans and drunken cat calls for an encore.
Luckily, they were good enough to dose us with the pounding, cardio
beats of “Candy Flip,” mixing artsy electro, decadent disco, and the
kind of energetic jock jams you hear while running at the gym. Taking
their final bow with the song “Dirty Horse,” GR ended with the sound of
haunting country-western, semi-psychotic imagery and the kind of
hallucinogenic imagination that could only come from a pack of talented,