Review: Fedavees – The Barbazons – The Prefab Messiahs – Secret Lover at the Middle East Upstairs 3-19-2015

This was a local show that I have been looking forward to for a few weeks now. After a very fast ride on the T to Central Square in Cambridge, I arrived at the Middle East Upstairs. Once inside, I found a good spot amongst the crowd to watch the Fedavees, who had just started playing.

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The Fedavees

The Fedavees have a psychedelic fuzz rock sound and were a great way to start out this show featuring Boston area bands. After their set, I ordered a Harpoon UFO from the bar and waited for The Barbazons to go on.

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The Barbazons

The Barbazons, recently changed their name from The Fagettes. You can read more about the reasons why in this excellent article on Boston Hassle by singer Melanie Bernier. This is another band I have seen several times before and as always, they got the crowd moving. They seem to do it all…double drums, saxophone, climbing up on the speakers, and they definitely bring the fun! There was a little bit of a Freddie Mercury kind of vibe going on here.

I went for a plain old Sam Adams Lager since they didn’t have Sam Adams Brick Red, which I tried at PAX East a few weeks ago and loved, only Cold Snap, which is terrible.

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The Prefab Messiahs

The Prefab Messiahs were up next. With one member wearing an old school McDonalds uniform and the others in crazy retro suits, which at times blended into the projections behind them. The band thanked the crowd, then went into their first song and killed it for the rest of the night. To be honest, I wasn’t all that familiar with these guys but they were full of old school sounding psych goodness and it was great!

Back to a Harpoon UFO for the last beer of the night.

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Secret Lover

Secret Lover were the final band of the night. With singer Sally Horowitz dancing all over the stage and even out into the crowd. It was kind of like an indie music burlesque show and it was a fun set!

There was a pretty good mix of older and college aged people, all of whom seemed to be having a good time. It was a really good night of local music and I got to see some bands that were new to me. I grabbed some post show food at Falafel Palace, then caught the train back home to get a little bit sleep before work in the morning.

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