Unfortunately, Band of Skulls tour manager declined any media coverage for this show. This examiner really can't understand why some of these national touring bands that come to Reno to play at some of our smaller venues pulls this crap, even the merch guy was rude. If they keep this kind of behavior up, there will be no more fans to play for. It's not the first time or the last time this will happen. All I can say is this, "oh well your loss, I guess your to big for free coverage". I'm sure your fans really appreciate it.
Attendance for this show was very good, standing room only.
Courtesy Call was up first, inspired by punk and alternative bands of the 80’s and 90’s, Courtesy Call blends a variety of musical interests to create a rock sound that is provocative and fresh. Fronted by the crazy and very sexy Elyssa Lee, and backed by the hardest hitting drummer in the Reno scene, Brooklyn Reiff, heavy bassist, Silkin Corson, and guitarist extraordinaire, Darin Goslar slam their electric energy all over the stage.
Their set lasted around forty minutes and went like this,
"Let It Out", "Exhibit A", "Why Is A Raven Like A Writing Desk", "Grey", "Hurt", "Nothings Free", "New Song", "Something Special" and "Zombies".
As usual, no matter where Courtesy Call plays, they rock the house. In this examiners opinion, this is a band that's going places.
Up next was a band I never heard of before until this show, Memory Motel. Where have these guys been hiding, they are very good live and seem to have a good fan base. I'm sure we will be hearing a lot more from these guys in the future, if you have not already. Very impressive to say the least.
Memory Motel is a 3 piece rock band from Reno, Nevada. Fronted by the very musical CJ Gibson with a rhythm section featuring brothers Ben and Sam Ashlock. They were formed originally by Gibson and bassist Ashlock in 2010. They play a wide variety of music and instruments. Loosely labeled pop, but it is very hard to nail down a specific genre. Their music ranges from headbanging garage rock, to stompy folk rock to intricate electronic.
Their set lasted around forty five minutes and went like this,
"Rat's Maze", "TV Explosion", "Porcelain Girl", "Persian Queen", "Butter", "Reno" and "Technicolor Dreams".
Reno and Sparks have a wide variety of bands and two very good ones played at this show, it would be foolish to miss either one of them the next time they played. It's shows like this that make Reno Rock and Sparks Roll.
The Alley is one of the best venues in Sparks. There's always something going on there, be sure to check out their web-site to see what's happening next at, (http://thealleysparks.com/theclub.html).
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