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- Posted on Jun 18th 2010 10:45AM by Karen Bliss
But from the second they ripped into 'Cheating Death,' it was clear the younger Jagger's musical foundation was punk rock, not blues like Mick's.
The UK band had rested their handmade backdrop of spray-painted graffiti ("die or be dead," "rockin in the ...") on the wall behind them to make the dingy 52-year-old bar even more dingy -- and punk. But this isn't Blink-182-type punk-pop, all polished and smooth.
Sure, there's no spitting or sneering or rolling in glass like the beloved originals, but Turbogeist are raw, fun, heavy and riffy without the attitude.
They're a ragtag bunch too, the clean-cut Jagger, 24, almost preppy in matching striped khaki and white t-shirt, khaki shorts to the knee and khaki collared shirt; guitarist Luis Felber in black jeans, black shirt and leopard print jacket; the drummer, Josh Ludlow, in a plaid shirt he quickly removed; and bassist James Dunson in a ballcap and navy Yankee tee.
Apparently, they used to wear white face make-up with black eye masks and there's a photo online of them in black leather jackets, black gloves, jean vests with patches and that sorta thing. This settled-on "image" is more natural and is cool that they're not trying too hard. They look like they could be a college band, except these guys -- together only a year -- aren't playing Dave Matthews covers. Still, their original songs about addiction, girls and beer do have frat boy appeal.
The 'Devil's Barter' is a riffy rocker and 'Ice Cold Beers' is a heavier, darker anthem with shout-style "gang vocals" (even though it's just the band's frontline) that slows to an almost metallic, dirge at the end. The shorter 'Extreme Close Up' is more punk rock, talk-sung by Felber and punctuated with outright screams. He and Jagger also share vocals on 'Monster Pussy,' about drug addiction.
The frontman says Turbogeist has been in Toronto recording with "Canadian treasure" Jon Drew (F----d Up, Tokyo Police Club), who was in the audience. They played 'Alien Girl,' a song on the band's EP, and then a furious, pounding punk piece called 'Sheen' about gambling addiction.
With the allotted half-hour set coming to a close, the band squeezed in two more songs: a cover of the Replacements' 'I Hate Music' and the wonderful Turbogeist homage to NYC vermin called 'Rats.' "There are four rats to every person in New York," explains Felber. For this song, Jagger loses his guitar, cups the mic and spits the words out, his lips glistening with saliva -- which, in polite-punk fashion, never lands on the audience.