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Verbena / Sullen: live in Iowa Citylive in Iowa City (2003)
Reviewer Rating: 4.5
Contributed by: MeganMegan
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The only problem with this evening was a slightly late start leaving Chicago (we left at 7:15) to get to Iowa City causing my friend and I to miss the first two bands (we arrived at 10:15). Luckily, we made it to Gabe's in time to grab a table and prepare to see Sullen. I was definitely excited to.
The only problem with this evening was a slightly late start leaving Chicago (we left at 7:15) to get to Iowa City causing my friend and I to miss the first two bands (we arrived at 10:15). Luckily, we made it to Gabe's in time to grab a table and prepare to see Sullen. I was definitely excited to see their set since I've been enjoying their new album, Paint the Moon so much [read a review of it here. For those who don't know, Sullen is a trio from outside St. Louis. Their album came out on Tuesday, so in a sense you could call this their record release show.
Their set kicked off with "Girls are Gross," a hard hitting song with vocalist/guitarist Justin shouting rapidly into the mic. For such a skinny little band, these three rock out incredibly hard. Their set was fast and furious. Shanna shouted out her vocals with such intensity that my friend and I just stared at her in awe thinking "how on earth does such a big voice come out of her?" They just ripped the audience to shreds. It was hard to tell if everybody was really getting into their set, but there were also only like thirty people in the venue that night. Their part went far too quickly as they drew more songs from their new album such as "Genepool," "All Fall Down," "No Sleep," and "War Forges On." "All Fall Down" was definitely a highlight of the set just because it's such a catchy song. Sullen's material was definitely even more dynamic live than it is pumping through a stereo. They're able to put so much energy into their set and execute so cleanly that they have a presence that exceeds them. When Sullen's set ended abruptly (no warning that it was the last song, what's the deal?), I was left wanting more. That says a lot, because although I was excited for Sullen, my level of anticipation for seeing Verbena couldn't be matched.
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