District of Sound.com introduced itself to the world on November 19th at DC9 with the help of a few friends, including Flo Anito, Temporary Basement, The Gypsy Sons, and The Fishermen. In keeping with DoS’s mission, all the bands were selected because they highlight some of the best local music the DC area has to offer. It was a great crowd with a little bit of something for everyone. The night rocked—literally. Expectations were definitely high for DoS’s inaugural event, and no one wanted to disappoint.
You know you have a great musician if they can put a stop a conversations midway and turn a few heads (in a good way) all before the end of their first song. Flo Anito, a long time DC performer, made the audience take notice with her masterful command of the guitar, keyboard, and voice that could make even the most crappy day better. She opened up with one of her newer songs, “Gallery D”—a thoughtful tune supported by a pop infused beat that will remind you of some of her other songs like “Uh-Oh” and “No Dustbunnies.” The audience was treated to her melodic introspection and musings on love, life, and the meaning of it all. Ms. Anito manages to turn the mundane into something extraordinary through her music.
Another veteran of DC9, Temporary Basement needed only to strike the opening chords for their first song before they instantly transitioned the crowd into a power pop rock set. Playing a mix of original songs, including those from their latest album—Interim, the band showed that they are not just a one hit wonder. New songs such as “Badfriend” and “Holdover” highlighted their musical abilities and versatility. Mixed in with the catchy hooks and toe-tapping beats they stayed true to their own sound while avoiding the pitfalls of sounding over produced or manufactured. The guys from Temporary Basement even had a few stage jumps and antics for good measure and the audience loved every minute of it.
The Gypsy Sons are a staple in the DC rock scene. As they took the stage it was clear that they meant business… they were there to rock out, and it was up to us whether or not we wanted to join in on their fun. These boys are the real deal—they’ve got the musicianship, song writing skills, and stage presence to rock out with the best of them. If you think I’m joking ponder this… they have a charter bus come and pick them and their fans up before select shows so they can party on the way. Genius… pure genius. They have a new album coming out before the end of the year and if this inspiring live performance is any indication then it’s going to be a hit. I have a sneaking suspicion the new material is going to make you want to hold up your lighter as you sway back and forth wherever you may be listening to it.
With still one more band to perform it was going to be a challenge to close out with a set that could match the caliber of the first three performers. Fortunately for the audience, The Fishermen were the headliners and up for the challenge. The band recently moved back from Austin, Texas, having toured the country, stopping for now in DC—lucky for us. Listen to any of their songs like “Right There With You” or “Today” and you’ll hear just how unique, fanciful, and organic their music is. With original sounds and a commanding stage presence you can’t help but listen to them and find yourself suddenly wanting to become a groupie. Looking around the audience there were nothing but laughs and smiles all around. Without missing a beat the crowd then began to dance—it was the perfect ending to a great show.
Thanks to everyone who came out for the show and who has visited the Web site! To learn more about the bands featured at the DoS launch party, visit our Bands page for exclusive interviews and more information.
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