Metronomy with The Mae Shi. The El Rey. January 21, 2009

From the moment we walked into the El Rey we were intrigued. The Mae Shi were on their third song of the night and had incredible energy. Although the crowd was modest, we had fun like a kindergartner does after a really great P.E. class. Lead singer and keyboardist, Jonathan Gray, was wearing a Halloween Jack-o-Lantern costume over his jeans and had facial expressions galore.

At one point, the band threw out a giant "Mae-Sheet" parachute to the crowd. Everyone grabbed an end and pulled it over our heads. A dance party ensued underneath the multicolored 'chute. Later on, the band jumped from the stage and continued playing, weaving through the crowd.

We had not listened to The Mai Shi much before heading to the El Rey. We had mainly just listened to the songs featured on their MySpace page. Although some of their music was not up our alley, we still enjoyed their performance. The show was like an interactive video game which made our 'dance nerd' came out in full-force. Melissa has since announced she would follow the lead singer around like Zoltan's bubble wrap troupe in Dude, Where's My Car? The Mae Shi sure knows how to put on a show...and we like a show!

Metronomy took the stage setup in a row, like little ducklings - each with their own "keyboard." And each with their own Tap on/off Push Light (As Seen on TV) on their chest. Some of their songs had a hint of 80s music to it..Devo is to red conehats as Metronomy is to chest and wrist lights (the most cost-effective special effect ever). They were almost like a Motown band with their synchronized hand movements, except it looked like they were trying to make shadow puppet formations instead of dance moves.

They started to dedicate a song to Obama, but them nixed the idea and instead dedicated it to their PM Gordon Brown. That's ok, we still like them.

It was a better show than we expected. We left the venue with a concert poster that was "designed & printed by two rabbits"...which I think is pretty special.

*Be sure to check out The Mae Shi next Wednesday (2/4) at the Troubadour when they open for Matt & Kim!

The Mae Shi (...or at least half)

The Mae Sheet


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