Even if you own a copy of Sad Sour Future, your experience of The Poison Control Center is vastly incomplete without a trip to see them live. While Sad Sour Future has its louder moments, flashes of aggression always feel kept in check by an Elephant 6 filter. Even during the moments of guitar feedback or shouting, melodic trumpets or acoustic guitars can still be definitively heard, grounding the songs and maintaining the pop peace. But opening the night at Cicero’s for PLAY:stl10, The Poison Control Center showed that their live performances remove those filters and hold nothing back. Guitarist/vocalist Patrick Fleming launched himself around the stage and several times into the crowd, continuing to shred his guitar while sprawled out on the floor. And joined with guitarist/vocalist Devin Frank, the pair demonstrated uncanny guitar feats whether playing upside down or while doing the splits. It’s unfortunate that their early time slot resulted in a sparse crowd, but at the end of their set, you could easily tell that The Poison Control Center had completely won over everyone in the room that evening.
More notes and acrobatics after the jump.
-Incredibly nice guys. Always bonus points.
-I can’t tell you how much I wanted to ask Fleming about the whole splits thing. Does one have to warm up and stretch? Any pulled groin or ripped pants stories? I totally should have, but it’s just such an odd question to bring up in conversation.
-“Pacific Sunrise” is probably my favorite song of theirs coming out of the show.
-Let’s face it, you missed out. But don’t worry, after a quick trip through Canada and CMJ, The Poison Control Center will be back at the Duck Room on 10/9 with Bunnygrunt. (I’m not 100% sure if this is an open event, since it’s somehow tied to Matt Harnish’s birthday and it isn’t on Blueberry Hill’s website at the time of writing this. Maybe bring a wrapped gift just to be safe.)