Chicago-based indie rock band A Lull performed at the Old Rock House in St. Louis, Thursday, August 4, at 9:00 p.m. Although the crowd numbers were dismal for a St. Louis Thursday night, the band played with strong energy and inspired talent. The vocals were strong and somewhat pitchy, but captivating all the same, reminding me of Arctic Monkeys romantically mixed with The Rasmus.
Although they would classify their sounds as experimental, their style and stage persona screamed indie. Their rolled up Levi’s, Tom’s shoes, flannel shirts, black rimmed glasses, and shaggy hair- while probably accidental- looked well coordinated and engaged the Converse-clad crowd.
The songs organically molded into one another and when one song ended and another began, I was almost hit with a sense of disappointment. You could tell they enjoyed performing with each other, and the crowd really enjoyed watching them. Everything from their look, to their vocals, to their strong and keen instrumentalism screamed professional artistry, but their look was so ‘let’s-go-to-the-garage-and-bang-drums-and-vibe-with-all-our-instruments’.
A Lull is the band next door, and although they’ve played SXSW and shows across the U.S. and Canada, it’s apparent that they are some Midwest guys at heart who go hard on the instrumentals.