A girls night out can’t quite make sense of itself
Wed, Mar 24, 2010 (6:20 p.m.)
Photo: Laura Davis
With the abundance of estrogen crammed into the back room of Boomers for Saturday's all-female-fronted showcase, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the night was plagued with at least one stereotypically women's trait: fickleness. Whoever said we have trouble making up or minds was right this time.
The first of the flip-flops came at 10:30 p.m., when Bipolar singer Charlie Hanks assaulted the audience with rollercoaster vocals — starting out mild only to abruptly change gears and let out curdling roars that gave onlookers sympathy throat pain. Then back to the coherent serenades. The name says it all — Hanks couldn't decide whether to channel Evanescence or Converge, so she went with both.
When The Dirty Panties took over around 11:30, the all-girl group seemed only half-heartedly into its performance — maybe because most of the audience opted for the front bar over the back room's stage. Singer Melanie Ash Beane sashayed to the punk-rock beat, but the energy was seriously lacking.
Just when it seemed like the show was going to be mediocre ... The Objex took over after midnight, and the mood immediately went from indifferent to dramatic. With her magnificently high mohawk, Felony Melony, aka Melanie Troxler, was a one-woman parade with her enthused antics, jumping into the audience and sliding down into the splits amidst the freshly riled-up crowd. Troxler might use the stage to release her built-up energy — "It gives me an opportunity to let out all the years of aggression," she admits — but Boomers certainly needed her fuel to pull the show out of its slump.
But ladies' night hadn't made up its mind quite yet. By 1, in time for LA headliner Civet to take the stage, the ladies were nowhere to be found. Promoter Patrick Trout, aka Pulsar, confessed that the self-described "femme fatale" foursome had arrived earlier in the night, but since disappeared. "They said they were going to go get food, and then they didn't come back," he said. "They have a history of bailing on [Vegas] shows, apparently." Maybe they just couldn't decide if they felt like playing.