I wasn't quite sure what to expect when Ames, Iowa's Radio Moscow took the stage as the opener before the recent Bravery show in Des Moines last Friday. But as soon as their drummer Todd took to his drum set and started banging, I was hooked. Sporting a skull cap and flannell, thus bearing striking resemblance to N.W.A.'s Ice Cube, Todd's performance stole the show. The drum set-up was positioned front and center, providing Todd ample opportunity to spin his sticks in the air before striking the skins, as well as other similar visual antics. Certainly, it was his soulful drum playing that provided the driving energy behind each song.
This is not to say, however, that the performances of Radio Moscow's other two members were overshadowed. The guitarist/vocalist played some mean riffs (although his singing was just above mediocre), and the bassist kept great rythym. As a unit, they got the job done and were a great live band with lots of potential.
I would definitely recommend checking Radio Moscow out, and you can do so by visiting their Myspace page. (I recommend streaming 'Frustrating Sound'). In an age of music saturated by the emo kids, it's nice to know that bluesy trad rock still marches on.
(Stay tuned for a review of the October 5th Bravery show soon!)