Live Concert Review: ON AN ON, 4.25.13

On An On

My first visit to the RSR Bar left me impressed. The sprawling complex is divided into two sections; one had the feel of a more traditional college bar with pool tables and TVs, and the other a more intimate setting with the stage tucked away past the bar. (My only complaint was that the stage-side bar only had a generic American lager on tap while the other bar had a slightly better selection.)

First up was Heavy Looks, a self-proclaimed power pop band from Madison. Thursday night was their first time playing out together, but other than stating as much, their self-consciousness on stage was the only outward sign. Musically they were tight and sounded like they had been playing together for much longer. While Rosalind Greiert and Dirk Gunderson split vocal duties, I found Rosalind’s voice possessed rich tones that added to the songs, while Dirk’s was unconventional and more distracting.  Most songs ended with a flourish from the drummer Eric Wermedal, which began to seem more like a nervous tic than intentional. The band had sold me on themselves until the final song where one particular line stood out: “Twenty-five years of being bored to tears.” This band was not bored to tears, not in the least.  Check out this new Madison band when you can.

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