Butterfly Bones – “xoxo”
Due to a boppingly unmissable Noise Pop Happy Hour at Benders and a wicked long line at (sold-out!) Slim’s, I unfortunately missed Battlehooch’s set at the Wallpaper./Limousines co-headlined show Friday night, but Butterfly Bones wasted no time in cheering me up. The electro-pop-rock quartet have definitely been coming up in the San Francisco scene. According to some cursory research and the look on the guys’ faces, they’d never played a venue the size of Slim’s before. Still, the band didn’t have any trouble filling the stage with their glee, the venue with their buds (several waves and grins were made at certain crowd members), or our ears with Reese’s rippin’ guitar licks.
Their set included one of my personal favorites, “xoxo” and a couple of new tracks, one of them instrumental and slightly darker than the rest of their catalog. The band’s enthusiasm spread rapidly and by the end of their set the decidedly young crowd was in high spirits. Additionally, Austin’s side to side hand-knife dance move will absolutely be added to my repertoire shortly.
The Limousines delivered a set that was intensely visual. They came bearing some crazy light displays for the stage and an assistant with an armload of 3-D glasses for the crowd. A MacBook on stage was devoted to a video feed of the table from which Gio commanded samplers and a laptop. While Eric appeared to have injured his arm, the sling was covered with the aforementioned “broken wing” arrangement. One can only imagine what a show Eric would’ve put on with the full use of his limbs as he was still hopping around energetically without it. The group closed out their set with a spirited take on their hit “Very Busy People,” to which much of the crowd sang along passionately.
Wallpaper. – “I Got Soul, I’m So Wasted”
Wallpaper. opened up their set with arguably the catchiest track on their full-length DooDoo Face, “T. Rex”. Arjun (who was curiously referred to as “Morgan Freeman” by Ricky Reed for most of the night) worked away on the drums while Ricky delivered lyrics like “I go big on the weekends/I go T. REX” to a crowd of fans who were undoubtedly ready to do just that.
New favorites from Ricky and Arjin include “Chewing Gum” and “Bootytweet”. As you might imagine, “Bootytweet” is about desperate hookup attempts in the 21st century and is also hilarious. “Chewing Gum,” which featured a video display with clips of women chewing gum, is about oral sex. While that track made my younger sister slightly uncomfortable, it was well received by the rest of the crowd.
The Wallpaper. set was rounded out with a delightfully faithful rendition of Bell Biv DeVoe’s “Poison” and a slightly tweaked version of MGMT’s “Electric Feel”. During “Poison,” Ricky and Arjin were joined by a charming fellow who I imagine was having the night of his life. While some performers might have been a little irked by an unexpected (and uninvited) on-stage visitor, the duo took it all in stride.