Florence And The Machine, IO Echo @ Troubadour 10/30/09
Local gothic dance rockers Io Echo look unfazed as they performed before a sold out crowd at the Troubadour. They were ready for their moment in the spotlight and looked the part. IO Echo vocalist, IO (a.k.a. Joanna Gikas) looked stunning in a white dress with black crosses circling her waist and long flowing hair. Her band manifested themselves in various states of black punk attire which looked terrific through the clouds of white smoke that swirled around the stage. If they had sounded half as good as they looked, we would have been in business. But like a lot of bands, they were mostly packaging and very little substance.
As opening bands go though, they couldn't be faulted. IO Echo got the crowd all geared up to rock out with catchy choruses, crunchy guitar heroics, and giant drums, but there was no chance that they were going to upstage anyone. For example their song, "Doorway" (which you may or may not recognize from a Palm Pre commercial) has a good groove and you catch yourself singing along the refrain "I gotta get out of here. I gotta get of here," but it's nothing that digs into your heart makes you want to rush out and buy the record. That being said, they do one of the best Beatles covers I've ever heard, which is damned difficult. Their cover of the Beatles "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" is superb. But when you're best song in the set is a cover...it does not bode well.