Los Angeles-based Alt Rock radio station Alt 98.7 and L.A.’s popular music blogging collective ‘One’s To Watch’ teamed up to host a show of three up-and-coming L.A. bands on Thursday, October 18 at the Teragram Ballroom. The warm autumn evening ushered in an excitable crowd with a handful of dressed-up ghouls and costumed creeps to a Halloween-themed musical feast showcasing the talented and affable Smoke Season, with opening and closing bands Bahari and Kid Bloom respectively, who closed out the whole show with their rich guitar and bass driven pop-rock tunes.
The glowingly beautiful female trio Bahari opened the show at 8:30 p.m. sharp to a still-arriving audience with their newly released electro-thump-driven single “Savage.” The winning combination of beach-blonde-beauty coupled with vocal and instrumental aptitude is a recipe for success with these dolls. A personal highlight of their set was a well-done and respectable cover of Fleetwood Mac’s, “The Chain.”
With the quirky crowd quickly growing with anticipation, the set-transition for Smoke Season was smooth and seamless. One by one, under dimmed lights and wearing red ensembles, Jason Rosen and his band mates took their places on stage sans lead singer Gabby Bianco. After a few long and dramatic bars of an eerie instrumental overture the mesmerizing front-kitten Bianco seductively slinked her way to center stage singing a sensual rendition of The Beatles’, “I Want You, (She’s So Heavy)” wearing a flirty pair of red tulle long gauchos and a red vinyl tube top.
The song segued into their new sizzling single, “Hot Damn” to which she cranked up the Cali heat with her spellbinding moves and sweet vocals singing to her captives, “Loving you, loving you yeah, loving you / Your loving brings the fever on….”
One of the more theatrically dramatic moments of the show was when three dancers appeared on stage and sashayed around Bianco mocking casting a spell on her to which she surrendered as they lifted her limp body up over their heads and carried her out of sight. As the evening progressed and Bianco’s spell was broken, with each song she grew playfully interactive with her fans and at one point jumped off of the stage and walked through the crowd while serenading them up close and personal.
Their set ended with a hauntingly fetching tune, and my favorite, “Good Days” to which the crowd danced and sang in unison. The deliciously devilish duo of Bianco and Rosen accompanied by their wickedly skilled band played out deservingly as the King and Queen and royal court of the entire night of the Undead Prom.
Cover photo: Justin Bieggar, GUM