I know that those who contribute to this blog--including me--have not been overly kind to bands of the emo variety. Sorry, but shows that start at 6:30 p.m. in Plano (especially on a Tuesday) just don't seem to warrant the attention of a weekend event at a venue in Dallas.
Ah, but that's not the case tonight at The Door in Plano..
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Omaha's Go Crash Audio channels all the right characteristics of Cheap Trick while still appeasing the emo guys who paint their fingernails black. Guitarist/vocalist Deryck Stanek invests his songs with more authentic passion than just about the entire Vans Warped line up. And Stanek also has a good sense of humor--another thing missing from many of emo's most popular pouters. The band's debut album, With Wings and Radar, features several gems, including "Never Trust a Man that Comes Equipped with A Fake Smile and A Pen in His Hand."
Now if that's not sage advice, I don't know what is.
Also on tonight's bill is A Kidnap in Color, a Chicago band that also cleverly deviates from the standard emo approach. Employing a nice touch of cabaret, songs like "Miss Scarlet, in the Bathroom, with the Revolver" and "Lust be a Lady" are campy and catchy.
If you're in the mood for an early evening of above average pop/punk, Go Crash Audio and A Kidnap in Color should provide you with an early holiday gift. --Darryl Smyers