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Arts and Entertainment

Under The Influence Of Giants @ El Rey 5/24/07

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Recently there has been an explosion of local bands that have burst onto the music scene, Silversun Pickups, Cold War Kids and Under the Influence Of Giants, to name a few. After touring extensively for the past year one of these bands returned home for the first time in about that long. Under The Influence Of Giants returned home to Los Angeles to the El Rey Thursday Night.

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Their current single, “In The Clouds” has been in constant rotation on Indie 103.1 as was the song that got them their strong buzz, “Mama’s Room.” The Giants, as the cool kids call them (and frontman Aaron Bruno) brought their infectious electro-funk laden brand of rock to the El Rey Theater Thursday night, performing songs off their self-titled album. It was an eclectic performance of the bands heavy dance tracks with a few stops at the slow paced tunes, “Lay Me Down” being a highlight. The band as a whole sounded strong and played with constant energy. Bruno pranced and circled the stage as he sang out to the crowd. All of it reaching it’s climax with the show closer, the previously mentioned “In The Clouds,” which prompted Bruno to scream for the crowd to “dance their fucking asses off,” to which they promptly and diligently did.

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All these and more can be viewed at my Flickr Photoset for the show