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If you missed Kid Portugal and Signs Of Iris Saturday night at The Radio Room, let me be first to say you missed out on some great tunes. The place was filled with high spirits and good vibes all in the name of music. Kid Portugal came all the way from Atlanta, Georgia to party down in Greenville. A round of applause must be given to Signs Of Iris for agreeing to play at the last minute and still gave it their all.
I didn’t know quite what to expect from Kid Portugal but was surprised to see they were a three piece. When listening to them online the sound was so expansive I assumed it was a larger band. From the first note to the very last they had my attention. Their sound is filled with heavy bass, synth beats, hard-hitting symbols, psychedelic guitar riffs, and it’s all topped off with a powerful voice reminiscent of Interpol’s front man, Paul Banks. These guys are nonstop and definitely left me wanting more. To come to a venue you’ve never played and get people dancing up front is saying something.
Ending the night with “INSANE”, the newest single from KP, it is all about bullies and how to overcome them. After talking to KP it’s clear this band is passionate about helping others. Recently they played for The 500 Songs For Kids foundraiser. It is a Georgia based foundation that allows musicians to play for childrens hosptials and special needs camps. Overall Kid Portugal not only has an electric presence to offer, they are also amazing people.
I had heard of Signs Of Iris for months now. Myles(staff writer/friend/weird guy) had invited me to shows but something always seemed to prevent me from seeing this mystery band. I must say they did not disappoint to keep me entertained. Signs Of Iris really mixes it up, the bass is funky, the drums are creative and all over the place in the best way possible. Lead singer Cassie Posey produces a loud, powerful, and steady voice that has an endearing breathiness. Along with synth, the guitar is electric and trippy. The instruments while all pulling from different influences come together to create a sound that is wholly their own. Every member of SOI looks like they are having the time of their lives while performing, and share a carefree chemistry on stage.
As part of their previous tour the band wore different shirts from regional artists and took the time to promote them via their Facebook page. Saturday, Cassie wore her Baby Baby shirt (Atlanta) and guitarist Johny Puleo wore his Sleepy Eye-Giant shirt (Charleston), and the band took time near the end of their set to promote these artists to the crowd. One things for sure this band supoprts the local music scene and has nothing but love to give. Next time you hear of a Signs Of Iris show be sure to go, it will be a crazy dance party everyone can enjoy.
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