I really need to start taking pictures. I saw these guys with Susan last Wednesday, and it was a great show at a very unique venue. While Does it Offend You, Yeah? doesn’t have a huge arsenal of music yet to make a long show, or give a decent encore, they have good stage presence and appear to be having a great time doing what they love onstage. It’s contagious.
I find that I’m really only into about half of their music. They seem to have two kinds of song, a sort of edgy raw energetic sound, and a kind of synthy pop sound. While the latter isn’t really too objectionable, I can’t really find myself getting into it much. The former sound though, I have a hard time getting out of my head. While there’s an aggressive edge to some of it, they also manage to make it rather light-hearted and fun with the performance they give. Anyway, kudos to them. They managed to get the crowd jumping, moving, and shouting along in a place where you barely had enough room or air to do any of those things.
A word about the venue, Subterranean…..I kinda like it. Maybe its a love/hate thing. It’s located in Wicker Park, Chicago and the ambience is pretty fucking cool. It’s a small place, which puts you close to the band and the decor feels old-world. There was a statue positioned on the wall above the stage,and a top floor that allows you to peer down to the stage on all sides. The band actually gets on and off the stage via a small winding staircase that brings them upstairs to the backstage area. I’ve heard this place has typically hosted a lot of hip hop acts over the years.
A downside to this place is that it can get packed real easily. I couldn’t move without bumping into someone and it got seriously HOT. The band played for about an hour and I was relieved to be able to get outside and cool off when they were done. I might go see another show at Subterranean as it is definitely a unique venue and a cool experience. I’ll definitely see Does it Offend You, Yeah? next time they come around and hopefully they’ll have some new material by then.
This isn’t a picture from the show, but it is a picture of the venue’s bottom floor area from some other show (a pretty unattended show from the picture). I try to start taking my own pictures in the future.