It was a celebratory yet sad night at Local 506 on Saturday as Violet Vector and the Lovely Lovelies took the stage for their final show.
The band launched into a set which featured their entire catalog in the order each song was written, starting with the classic "Tame Me Tiger." As the music started, a large pair of "V's" hanging above the stage lit up.
Throughout the set, the band sounded tighter than they ever have, slaying each song. They were joined by original drummer Doug Edmunds for the song "Applesweet" from EP II.
It's really a shame that the band called it a day with this show, because the final six songs of the set were all post EP II, and were never released. These songs are easily some of the band's strongest to date, and will hopefully pop up on singer and songwriter Amanda Lindsey's next project.
The packed crowd of loyal fans drank in the band's last show with a fervent energy. Some were dressed up in some wacky outfits (okay, maybe just that one guy), and local legend Mitch Easter even showed up and stood right up front.
It was hard to leave the venue feeling down, knowing the band had just played the best set I've ever seen them play, though it has set in that we won't get to enjoy the band's electric presence and catchy tunes live again. We'll miss the band a lot.
Though it was Violet Vector's night, one cannot forget opening act and Vector best pals The Huguenots. The quartet also played at the top of their game, with a groovy set of pop tunes. The band's energy was turned up to eleven and so were the amps. The guys are clearly coming into their own with the most cohesive, solid set I've had the pleasure of seeing them play.
[all photos by Kevin Norris]
Violet Vector and the Lovely Lovelies set list
Tame Me Tiger
Can You Dig It?
Serva Ad Manum
Make My Day
What's Going On In Your World?
Grass is Glowing
Sunshine in Space
Love is Everywhere
Hall of Gems
Every Word Means Go!
Violet Vector and the Lovely Lovelies