The Wild Things At The Seventh Annual Classic Christmas
Last week Joe and I headed down to Fremont’s Nectar Lounge for the Seventh (Seventh!) Annual Classic Christmas, featuring The Matt Bacnis Band, new supergroup The Wild Things, Valadares, and Seattle heavyweight The Classic Crime.
While both of us were excited for the night, we were especially curious about The Wild Things. Forming from members of Sky Pilot, Keeping Secrets, Monsters Scare You! and Moneta, this quintet certainly has enough years combined to make waves in the local scene with this new effort.
The Matt Bacnis Band opened up the night, playing a comfortable blend of pop rock and country to the already full Nectar. Now pushing the new Heart, Stay Whole EP, this Seattle trio-turned-live-five piece is a pleasure to hear.
The Wild Things was up next, a series of familiar faces taking the stage to deliver a rockin’ six-song set. With each featured song named after a famous film, the setlist snuck previews of songs like “Varsity Blues”, “Cruel Intentions”, and “She’s All that”. Frontman Preston McDonald delivered the soaring vocals he’s come to be known for, occasionally delving into quick-tongued spoken word/hip hop with a slick rock backdrop. The band’s rhythm section delivers powerfully by way of former Moneta drummer Leo Martin and Keeping Secrets’ singing bassist Cody Freiburger, while the entire guitar section of Monsters Scare You! has returned with Brandon “Bird” Ereth and Chad Keller. Closing out with a cover of Brand New’s “The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows” and soon-to-be first single “Can’t Hardly Wait”, The Wild Things is off to a solid start.
Seattle rock band Valadares was up next, a newer name to us but one that we’ll undoubtedly be seeing more of. Fronted by a fiery Juli Roman, this sextet slammed through a range of heavy and alternative rock hits with a deeply engaged crowd. Check out some of their material on SoundCloud, or catch them at Studio Seven on January 18th.
The Classic Crime closed the night, the familiar Seattle heavy-hitter blowing their Seventh Christmas show out of the park. Featuring more than an hour of favorites old and new, an appearance of Santa throwing out candy, and a string section for a few songs off What Was Done: Volume 1, this intimate night was as good a way as any to close out a huge year of shows.