Monday night was my third time seeing local Atlanta band Fox Grin live, and I have to say this show at Smith’s Olde Bar was by far my favorite. Fox Grin was able to utilize all of the stage space, and their sound was the clearest and loudest I’ve heard the band. In other instances I’ve seen them, the set has been much more mellow, and I have to say I enjoyed seeing this harder rock sound from the band.
Rush Midnight took the stage next, and I must say Russ Manning was a nice surprise. I hadn’t done much research into Rush but I knew he was the bass player for Twin Shadow and that I was in for some nice synth rock sounds. Manning took the stage in a cut off sweater shirt and skinny jeans, looking like an 80’s heartthrob out of a John Hughes film and I was digging it. The unique combination that composes Rush Midnight’s sound reminds me of a mix of Toro Y Moi, with a dash of Kavinsky. Highlights of the set for me showcased Rush Midnight’s romantic side, including “Crush”, and reggae inspired “Dreaming about an Island”.
Headliner, Aussie band Gold Fields then took a smoke machine filled stage. I have to say I was stunned at how seasoned Gold Fields’ set was for a band currently on the rise here in the U.S. From their sound to the production (the lights reminded me of something you’d see at an XX show) the band’s set flowed seamlessly. It always impresses me to see a band of 3 plus band members to achieve such synergy and a unique sound. With multiple instruments on stage including, two drum kits, Gold Fields’ sound was so powerful. Complimenting their supporting act Rush Midnight, the sound was like that of an 80’s new wave influenced with indie/electronic rock. The band would appear to have a darker side to their sound, however, their lyrics are playful. Highlights for me were “Treehouse” and their current single that got me hooked on the band, “Dark Again”. Gold Fields’ debut album Black Sun is available now.
As an 80’s John Hughes era fan, I left Smith’s fully satisfied with my 80’s dance influenced musical evening. I would love to see these guys play a larger venue inviting more to hear their unique sounds and of course plenty of room for dancing.