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Heavy Hands

Author: Brian Fogarty
02/25/2007 | Exoduster.com | www.exoduster.com | Live Show Preview
This Sunday night show was easily one of the most awkward situations I've been in since junior high. Ladyfinger (NE), playing a one-off St. Louis show during a short two-week tour strung together, had the (mis)fortune of playing with a bunch of random bands to a bunch of random people. While there were local band-friends scattered about, the true awkwardness came courtesy of a pack of junior high/early high school kids AND their parents. Since this pack made up an overwhelming majority of the crowd, it was near impossible to ignore them. So, when the girls would intermittently shriek and the boys would try to show off for the girls all while drinking Monster you couldn't avoid at least a glance.

Ladyfinger for their part played as well and as concentrated as possible given the situation. Even though this was one of the those shows bands comment on years later when they are riding high, Ladyfinger tried their part to pretend the place was packed with adoring fans. Foremost in this endeavor was lead singer and guitarist Chris Machmuller, who gave between-song banter and pushed the intensity of his playing and voice. Bassist Ethan Jones, drummer Pat Oakes and guitarist Jamie Massey played their part of looking interested if not discouraged. Within this environment, Ladyfinger launched through an excellently tight and proficient rendition of their distorted DC indie rock sound from their recent full-length Heavy Hands. This included "Smuggler," "Cause of Shame," "Who Believes Enough?," and "Too Cool for School." Hopefully, Ladyfinger's next STL show is more rawkess and rockess, and the beers are on me.
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