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Strange Talk at Shuba's had keyboards galore

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Strange Talk at Shuba's

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The Australian band, Strange Talk played a long sold out Shuba's last Thursday. Made up of Stephen Docker, Gillan Gregory, Gerard Sidhu, and Travis Constable, everyone had a keyboard in front of himself except the drummer and I suspect he had one behind his kit on the floor by his feet. This band has a big following and I don't really understand why. They didn't do much for me. Does he play the bass or keyboard, guitar or keyboard, sing or keyboard? The answer is all of the above.

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This is not a rock band, it's a pop-dance band with guitars as an afterthought and though the crowd was into it, I was not. It was synth pop, dance pop, bordering on bubble gum without much guitar. I don't even know why they bothered wearing the guitars. They should ditch the guitar props. They seem to be imitating very popular bands with a similar sound, Grouplove, Of Monsters and Men, or anyone of the many happy sounding pop/synth/dance bands. They did nothing for me.

Chicago's Future Feats, a similar band, with a similar keyboard driven pop-ness opened the show. Future Feats, however has an absolute monster of a drummer, Xavier Breaker, who is worth paying any cover charge to see play anywhere. The man is unbelievable and I wouldn't be surprised if some huge band steals him away. He is that good. He is better than that. He plays a rock solid beat and his fills are stadium sized. His drums were so perfectly tuned that I wondered if he had triggers on them connected to a synthesizer. I didn't get a chance to ask him, but I did see that the next night, he played the Green Mill with a jazz band.

You can catch Future Feats June 8 at Ribfest Chicago on the Bud Light Stage.

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