The Rosebuds packed out the Downtown Event Center Saturday night. The show was dubbed a "secret show" by some, but you wouldn't know it from the crowd of wall-to-wall hipsters.
The band rolled through a set of songs mostly from their latest release, Night of the Furies. The Rosebuds opened with "Hold On To This Coat" and tore their way through Furies tunes "Cemetery Lawn," "My Punishment For Fighting," "Night of the Furies" and others. Some of the crowd favorites were definitely "Kicks In the Schoolyard," "Back To Boston" and "The Lovers' Rights" from The Rosebuds' previous records Make Out and Birds Make Good Neighbors.
The Rosebuds' energy throughout the night made the show electric. It reached a high when the band asked people to come dance on stage during their single "Get Up Get Out." At least a dozen people hopped up on stage and pogoed throughout the entire song. Then when it seemed like it couldn't get any more crazy, the band brought up even more people for the encore to sing "I'd Better Run." Kelly stood at the edge of the stage getting the crowd to sing and Ivan dropped to his knees to play the final chords of the song.
The Rosebuds put on a hell of a show, especially for a three-piece. I honestly didn't think the Furies tracks would work with just three players, but they really pulled it off. As we mentioned in a previous post, this show was Rob Lackey's first show with the band. Rob played well and definitely knew the songs, but his drum sounded a bit off in The Rosebuds mix. He's a great drummer, but his drums could use a retuning.
The Love Language from Cary opened for The Rosebuds and were quite good. The six-piece band played clever pop songs. The large band and constant instrument swapping was very similar to Annuals and the group played with similar intensity. The Love Language is a band to keep your eye on.
The Rosebuds only upcoming North Carolina show is on Legends in Boone on Friday, September 7. If you're in the area, go to the show.