Cinco de Mayo, Ballard, and one of my favorite new bands is playing at the Tractor Tavern, Chicago’s Company of Thieves. Genevieve Schatz, the lead singer has this crazy folksy/indie voice that is just to die for, while Marc Walloch cranks out these awesome riffs on guitar and Mike Ortiz wails on drums. On tour with them are Bob Buckstaff on Bass and Mike Maimone on keyboard.
The bad news is that the lighting at the Tractor Tavern is, let’s say “unfortunate” for concert photography. It’s so dark in there that it really forced me to crank up the ISO on my camera all the way to 1600 and leave the aperture wide open at f2.8 to get any sort of chance of catching the action.
The band played phenomenally. Despite most of the crowd not being particularly familiar with this band, Genevieve had the crowd singing along, coaxing the notoriously “stand there and watch” Seattle crowd out of our collective shells, especially on songs like their incredible cover of Janis Joplin’s Piece Of My Heart
When they’d finished their set there were numerous calls for an encore, which sadly the band couldn’t perform as they were the opening act. Hopefully they’ll come back to Seattle soon, and dazzle us with more of their phenomenal tunes!
Highlights of the night were, of course, their hit single, Oscar Wilde, Quiet On The Front, and Pressure.