By Katie Weitkamp/Managing editor
Friday night M.F. Hooligan’s hosted an out-of-town band, but their talent, unfortunately, fell upon few ears when fewer than 25 people showed up.Generation, of Orlando, Fla., has been playing in Richmond for at least three years now. Forgetting downtown closes at midnight, the band played a short set, about 45 minutes, but the intensity of the concert never let up.
Brothers Keith and Michael Holecek started Generation and are committed to the success of the independent band. Keith takes care of vocals while Michael plays guitar. Bassist Paul Rippee and drummer John Wade recently joined the band.
After listening to their album a couple times I wasn’t sure I got it, but seeing them live made me understand. This band is definitely one to see live, even if you aren’t too sure about their recorded music.
Watching Keith sing on stage is like watching Jim Morrisson’s drug swagger placed in Eddie Vedder’s body. While he may seem a little out of it, he never misses a beat and even surprises you with his dancing, though it may need a little polishing.
Generation opened the concert with “Don’t You Think,” one of its softer songs. It changed things up with “She Was a Lover,” a harder rocking song with a haunting bassline that echoes the lyrics “She was a lover / She didn’t love me.” Their live version actually featured smoother vocals than on their album version.
Following the first two songs, Generation went political in “Revolution,” encouraging everyone in attendance to vote at the next election, even if they decide to vote for the “wrong person.”
Politics were followed by the elements, with “In the Rain” and later in “Where Cindy Wanted Me,” with its repeating “Fun fun in the sun.”
Generation puts on a good show no matter how many people show up or how many people dance. Only around the last half of the show did anyone decide to bust a move, and even then it was, most of the time, just the bartender.
Dramatic lighting also played an important part in the concert, giving most or all of the focus to Keith, who at times seemed shy or strung-out and simply smiled at the audience.
Also, I liked that the band was political. Their “Minds” has lyrics like “Gotta be civil / just trying to be liberal / we’re not fashionable / we want our minds / It’s something to be about nothing / no new creations with you on our minds,” but the concert did not turn into a political commentary or attack on a more conservative state than to which Generation is used.
In the end the band invited a couple of friends to the stage to sing and play with them. Some of them were formerly in the band, and some were Richmond locals who worked at the bar.
Generation put on an excellent performance; it’s just a shame no one was in town to hear it, or those who were chose to go to bars without live music.
More information on Generation can be found at www.generationmusic.com.
I give Generation’s Friday performance four palettes out of five.
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