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Courtesy Melissa Gibbons
The Irenic, a new all-ages venue in North Park, hosted bands La Sera
and Cold Showers for their inaugural event on Saturday, March 10. It turns out that the space isn’t really a new venue, it’s a rented church, which has its pros and cons. Pros: the building is large; there is a nice courtyard area with a gas fire pit; and the promoters were able to have a small bar for the over-21 attendees. Cons: the sound isn’t amazing, and the large cross hanging over the stage is quite imposing. A significant portion of the crowd did seem to be from the under-21 age group, but the show might have been more successful at a smaller location (i.e. one of San Diego’s many bar venues.)
All venue issues aside, the bands put on a solid, if punctuated, show (I hear that all-ages shows have to be over by 11 p.m.). Local bands Beautiful Boys and Heavy Hawaii
played first, followed by touring bands Cold Showers and La Sera. Cold Showers
sounded great thanks to a metronomic rhythm section that gave their dark, Joy Division influenced sound a heavier feel. La Sera, which is fronted by Vivian Girls bassist Katy Goodman
(she also dons the bass in La Sera), played a light and fun set that included songs from their self-titled first album and new album Sees The Light
, out this month on Hardly Art Records
. The single from the new album “Please Be My Third Eye” was a definite highlight.
Towards the end of the show, they even did a cover of “Hold Me” by Fleetwood Mac; Goodman claimed they learned the song during sound check (by using Spotify.) This just solidified the impression that La Sera is a lighthearted band that likes to have fun while performing on stage, as much for themselves as for the crowd.