The most detectable difference we saw Thursday evening, when local quartet Dude City paired up with Seattle transplants/honorary locals The Mad Caps at the Cosmopolitan’s BLVD Social Club promo at the Boulevard Pool: pauses.
See, national bands rehearse their banter. They know which stories about their kids are long enough to tune a guitar and seamlessly pull into the next song. But local bands don’t do that. They take breaths/slug water and leave cavities of hush that accentuate one thing with two meanings: This is a local show. It means the approach to stage presence isn’t squeaky clean. But it also means two sets of kids-done-good are playing the same stage previously frolicked upon by The Flaming Lips, Girl Talk and Smashing Pumpkins.
And boy, you haven’t heard Dude City’s “Technology” until you’ve heard it coming from 10 speakers, each the size of an eighth-grader. Ditto for The Mad Caps’ “Rosie and the Wolfman.” And “Tube Top.” And “Babyman.” And all the others that had a crowd of what looked like 200 dancing and quaking and splashing in the shallow coastline of the rooftop pool.