All Saints Day, a coterie featuring members of Vivian Girls and Cat Power, squeezed out their first live set ever Sunday night at The Independent, sandwiched between Young Prisms and Real Estate (NJ). This multi-generational project has provoked considerable curiosity around the blogs, based on their personnel and a single mp3, before only recently posting additional tracks on their Bandcamp site.
What comes of the combination of a current garage belle like Vivian Girls’ Katy Goodman, and a seasoned musician who plays in Cat Power? Goodman ended up sounding a lot less like the retro Best Coast-style vocalist I’d heard online, performing as a serene, mature frontwoman. In stark contrast to the overly familiar beach-pop, hazy — however you’d like to call it — sound of the recordings, All Saints Day hinged on Gregg Foreman’s raw onstage decisions. He offered a Stooges-era, Brit-rock guitar tone synced with confident movement. And as if to maintain a classic mystique, All Saints Day wrapped up with the pleasing “Age of Consent” cover above.
There’s not much known about All Saints Day’s plans, apart from Goodman’s recent move to Los Angeles which might have something to do with the project starting its live course. All Saints Day will be playing The Echo/Echoplex tonight with Real Estate, Abe Vigoda, Kurt Vile, Woods and Nodzzz, and tomorrow at The Casbah in San Diego with Jeremy Jay and Heavy Hawaii.