Date: May 24, 2013
The Moby Dick Club
When I first arrived to the Moby Dick Club the impression of the outside was that of a regular club, nothing in particular stood out. The exterior definitely did not fit the “indie-rock” feel I was expecting to experience once inside, but as I have learned “never judge a book by its cover.” The Moby Dick Club has been offering the best live music, with a particular focus on indie-rock music for over 20 years. Once inside, the theme was that of a fisherman meets mermaids with an old-school authenticity to it. I have never been in a club quite decorated as this one was, it really was not a typical club.
Now that I have set the atmosphere, the most important part of the night was the Groove Girls but before I gush about their talent I’d like to mention the Black Daniel’s Pop Corn Makers who played at 9:30pm.
The Black Daniel’s Pop Corn Makers
The Black Daniel’s Pop Corn Makers is a band composed of eight men – 3 guitarists, 1 drummer, 1 trombone, 1 saxophone, 1 on keyboard and a singer. I have never witnessed such a large band before, but they looked like they were enjoying themselves on the stage with their red bow-ties. For being just a group of engineer students, they did quite a good job. As an English speaker, I did not understand their Spanish songs but also I did not understand their English songs either. The music either drowned out the singer or the singer did not enunciate his words properly. My companions – who are Spanish – did not understand him when he sang in Spanish either. The only real time the crowd was overly excited was when they sang Wannabe by the Spice Girls which was quite good. Otherwise, I just kept looking at the time in anticipation for the next act – The Groove Girls.
The Groove Girls
Finally the time had come, The Groove Girls a band composed of five “bad ass” women – 2 guitarists, 1 drummer, 1 saxophone, 1 trombone, and a singer. They performed a mixture of original songs as well as covers with special guest appearances from some other female singers and instrumentalists. During one of the songs, each band member was introduced where they definitely ‘rocked-out’ with their instruments. I may be slightly biased towards the saxophone player as I had met her once before while playing football. With that said she was one of my favourites of the night along with the two guitar players as you could see the passion along with skill, they had while playing. Unlike the normal girl rock bands, this one had something I haven’t heard in a long time, soul. Bands like The Groove Girls are refreshing to hear, and they have made me realize what I was missing out on from main-stream music. The Groove Girls ended the night with an encore where they played two more songs.
Overall, a great night here in Madrid.
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