Wake up you’ve got a lot of things to do…

I saw Margot and The Nuclear So & So’s last night at 3rd and Lindsley. I’d heard most of Margot’s recorded output but hadn’t really immersed myself in it. So I didn’t know quite what to expect. On record, the band plays up the softer, emotional elements of their sound, but live, they put on an energetic show.

Tyler James opened. I’d never seen him before. He plays really soft, singer-songwriter stuff. About half of it entertained me. The rest tempted me to nap. Unfortunately, James started late and played long. After his set, most of the crowd left.

Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s took the stage after 11. Their sound is a bit similar to other pop ensembles like Belle and Sebastian and The Starlight Mints if only because of the instrumentation. There are eight members in the band including a percussionist, trumpet player and cellist. On record, it’s a bit prettier. Live, the sound was heavily-weighted to the percussion and guitars. In fact, their stage presence owes a great debt to their percussionist who excitedly dances around and gleefully smacks his instruments while often singing along (un-mic’d). It was a great change from the soporific opener.

Even with a small audience, Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s gave a great performance. They’ll be back at the end of the month to play Exit/In. Hopefully, they’ll get the audience they deserve but won’t lose any of the edginess that made last night’s performance great.