>> East Ave music venue, Anthology, drew a sizeable crowd for a fun lineup of eclectic musical acts on a Thursday night, no less.
Inspector Cluzo graciously opened the night up with a casual, yet jazzy and funky set to gently set the tone. All the way from France, this duo (in formal attire might I add) comprised of Malcolm Lacrouts on guitar and vocals and Phil Jourdain on drums came to share their funky rock n roll style music. They even (jokingly) decided to show us how to dance, which was mostly just Jourdain feeling himself up while Lacrouts played a simple melody, and sang in falsetto. They played an energetic array of their original songs from their extensive discography including their latest album
'We the People of the Soil.'
Fans of The Chariot and Norma Jean may very well follow the musical stylings of the next act on the bill, ‘68. As Josh Scogin formed ‘68, the “furious hardcore” sound both of those bands followed him into this project. With energetic Nikko Yamada on drums, this (also formally clad) duo matched the funky rock atmosphere and brought in the heavy as well. They played many songs from their first album “In Humor and Sadness,” with iconic witty banter from Scogin between songs, as expected. They ended with an energetic performance for the song “Track 1,” a vague song title that Scogin encourages all of us to type into google.com, and expect to obviously find.
Both of the bands expressed how excited they were to see Avatar close out the show and expressed gratitude to them for having been included on the tour; sentiments in which Avatar responded that choosing both Inspector Cluzo and ‘68 was completely intentional. Avatar frontman Johannes Michael Gustaf jokingly proclaimed that choosing two duos meant that they would still be outnumbered by Avatar, you know, in case they decided to revolt or anything; “we’d stomp that shit right out.” Avatar comes from Sweden, bringing their “grooving melodic death n’ roll” style of metal with them. They all came dressed in a classic circus ringmaster’s jacket (Eckerström even touted a baton around for some songs), with their rhythmic and somewhat choreographed headbanging and instrument movements. Between the face makeup and a light show so bright, beautiful and elaborate that there probably should have been a medical warning, Avatar’s set was ridiculously captivating and entertaining that even if you didn’t enjoy the music, you’d find yourself swaying and jumping around with their sea of fans all dressed in Avatar merch - some with ringmaster outfits and painted faces as well. <<