LIVE REVIEW: Built To Spill + The Warm Hair @ Slim’s, SF 8/17/14
Sunday night we missed the opener but arrived at Slim’s in time for the middler, The Warm Hair. If the name alone didn’t put a smile on your face, then the stage antics certainly would have.
The guitarist, a shirtless and barefoot Ted Nugent-look-alike, mentioned band was from New York and that this was their first time in San Francisco, but then proclaimed defiantly that he’s “not going home!” The Warm Hair proceeded to play, striking a few interesting rockstar poses. Vocals, too, were interesting. And then there was that song “dedicated to all the lonely ladies!” The bass player was fun to watch, hopping around the stage cross-legged, slapping the snot out of the strings, and banging instrument it against the black poles that trisect the stage.
While most of the audience didn’t know what to make of Hair, one hardcore fan in sunglasses certainly did, being stage front and center, rockin’ his massive afro to the beat, fist and goat horns in the air. So between the audience hair and the stage Hair, the rest of us were looking to each other, wondering what was happening. But the music wasn’t bad, and the whole spectacle was entertaining.
Finally Built To Spill came out for their fourth show of their West Coast tour. A classic show of jamming tunes, a rather Northwest sound, 2-3 dueling leads for several songs. Good stuff.