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Low vs. Diamond @ Viper Room 11/2/2007

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What makes a great band? Is it the musicians, is it one or two personalities that drive the whole or is it the whole, the concept, that drives the individuals? Better yet, maybe it’s the performance that drives a band’s following.

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The individuals, the group or the concept may drive the band and all or some may make for a great show. I though about this Friday night as I stood among a wonderfully eclectic crowd of hipsters, Hollywooders and hedonists in the Viper Room as Low vs. Diamond tried in earnest to relay their message.

Now, what they were trying to say is a subject worthy of debate as I still don’t know. Nor do I know what people generally thought of the show for the LA quintet whose debut EP has gotten some love on the Indie 103.1.

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I heard a few songs from the EP some months back and was struck by the star-gazing patchwork of soft chords and steady, driving drum beats of songs like "Life After Love" and "Stay Awake." Struck, but not in the awe sort of way. I would call it intrigued with the hope that their live show would be a roving testament to the lush, landscaped songs.

It wasn’t to be, though. When lead singer Lucas Field sauntered on the stage and meekly opened the show with "Life After Love," I knew immediately that despite the head bobbing and dancing from a few, LvD’s live act would neither expand upon its sound nor translate to the crowd what exactly they were trying to do.