Live Review: Scott Weiland at Viper Room (Plus! Book Signing at Book Soup)
|Lonely Trees fanbase grew last night.|
The second act, Lonely Trees, really stood out.
If The Cardigans and Metric had an indie love-child, the result would be Lonely Trees. This five-piece band stole the show (and our hearts). In fact, we're listening to their music as we type this. Their songs are hauntingly melodic and dreamy (not to mention, hella catchy). Most indie bands can lull you to sleep, but Lonely Trees stays upbeat and demands your attention.
We dug their style and wanted to covet guitarist and singer Christian Stone's vintage Boy Scouts shirt. Lead singer Annalee Fery exudes an adorable indie Zooey Deschanel vibe and contorts her body and fingers as she sings, which provides sort of an odd, but highly intriguing stage presence.
Perhaps they intentionally saved their best song for last last night. Their drum-heavy song "Flutter" sounds radio-ready to us. We have a feeling this band isn't going to remain 'unsigned' for long.
Jena Ardell Weiland is all smiles.
The crowd grew a little hostile and pushy in between sets. A girl-fight almost broke out, followed by a verbal altercation between the girls' boyfriends(?), and ended with a verbal altercation between the boyfriend and girlfriend. Oh, the drama of bringing your opinionated girlfriend to a show with you!
We asked a tall guy if we could stand in front of him for the first three songs and he muttered something about being there since 3 PM and how he's heard that line before and how he almost ripped a camera out of a photog's hands at another concert. Luckily, we managed to shoot the show without having to stand near him, but what was up with the crowd last night?!
Jena Ardell Weiland's signature shuffle.
Weiland and his band started with a catchy jam and then performed a myriad of cover songs including Radiohead's "Let Down", Nirvana's "Francis Farmer Will Get Her Revenge On Seattle", The Flaming Lips' "Waitin' For A Superman", The Doors' Road House Blues and David Bowie's "Fame" and "Jean Genie."
Fans who were expecting to hear a lot of STP and Velvet Revolver songs may have left disappointed, but Weiland did pull out "Unglued" as an encore.
More photos and the full setlist after the jump . . .