Thursday, June 11, 2015

Royal Blood & Mini Mansions @ Amos'


New bands.  New Venue.  Looking forward to a good night.

Mini Mansions had already (just) started when I walked into Amos' - a barn-looking venue in the South End.  A good sized growd got a dose of Divine Fits-ish rock.  Not really to my liking but they did do a great cover of Blondie's Heart Of Glass.  So different you could see people singing it, but you could tell they couldn't tell how they new it or how the original sound.

I had never heard of Royal Blood until earlier this year when they won a Brit Award for best band, looked them up on You Tube and saw the Little Monsters clip and instantly fell in love.  Was stoked when I heard they were coming to Charlotte.  As were a lot of other people.  Amos' was at near capacity by the time Royal Blood walked onto stage to 99 Problems.  And from the get go we were in for a rocking night.  Royal Blood have an album's worth of material and the band played the lot of them.  For a 2 piece they project a great energy and a fantastic sound (though mixing took a few songs to get it right).  This was a solid show put on by an appreciative band.  They were blown away by the size of the crowd, telling us that this time a year ago they played to 20 people at the Tremont.  It will be interesting to see the venue they play next time around.

Royal Blood Setlist
Come On Over /  You Can Be So Cruel / Figure It Out / Better Strangers / Little Monster / Blood Hands / One Trick Pony / Ten Tonne Skeleton / Loose Change / Out Of The Black

The Crap Facts:
This is my 389th concert.
This is my 1st concert at Amos'.
Amos' is the 108th venue I've seen a concert.
This is my 33rd concert in Charlotte.
This is my 37th concert in North Carolina.
This is my 196th concert in the USA.
Mini Mansions are the 458th band I've seen.
Royal Blood are the 459th band I've seen.