Saturday, January 24, 2009
My nephew Sam, a neighbor kid (Spencer) and two other talented musicians are the group "Ambulance," and they played at a North Seattle club last night called The Lab. Gently asking the crowd of mostly high school kids to stand up and move forward before starting their set, and despite minor technical difficulties, Sam and the band put on a show that would do most mainstream Seattle club owners proud. Playing their own material, Ambulance performed a seven (?) song set that had elements of mature punk and up-tempo grunge with creative schisms that blew me away. A very enjoyable show on every level, and much like a performance I had seen last week on Capital Hill, where I found myself wishing it could go on and on. Already accomplished musicians, these guys set the club on fire and are just going to get better and better.