Having been to a few Fake Accents shows already I expected a good time. I looked forward to this show in particular because they were sporting a three piece lineup for the first (and presumably only) time. A new bassist has been selected but he was out of the country, forcing the remaining Accents to get crafty. That meant one thing - cover songs.
After introducing themselves as The Face Accidents they played a straightforward rendition of a Pavement song (don't know which one - I'm terrible with song names). After that I didn't recognize any other songs. I guess three or four were Fake Accents originals that weren't on "The Big Disconnect". A few people shouted requests from the album, but the missing Accent meant those songs weren't viable options. No matter. The series of cover songs suited their playing style (more fire and passion than precision) - bands such as Flipper, Jonathon Richmond, Jay Reatard, and Psychedelic Horseshit (you read that correctly).
They were clearly not used to the three piece lineup so "We'll make do" became the motto of the night. Zack and Dave shared bass duties on a few songs. Each admitted they didn't have much experience but they handled the duties just fine. As usual Pete, the drummer, pounded away with fury. He beats the hell out the drums, treats them like a red-headed step child, he's pimp like, pissed off, Moon-esque, you get the picture. Zack plays, and sings, with an intensity and brashness that you don't see enough of these days. A band like Robbers on High Street could use some of his fiery presence to liven up their show.
For the last song they handed out noisemakers then launched into a punk-rock sonic assault with reckless abandon. The entire night they walked the line between bad and brilliant. The final song had them squarely on the brilliant side of the line. Overall, I liked seeing them play covers but it doesn't beat them playing my favorites off their album along with their new stuff. If you missed this show, be sure to check out their new lineup as they open for Get Him Eat Him on July 26th.
Two reviews down, one Smashing Pumpkins review to go.