Athens, GA - Cars Can Be Blue is one of those bands that forces you to pay attention. Not because of their musicianship or message, but to see what's going to happen next. The duo's Aug. 10 set at the 40 Watt Club during Athens Popfest turned more than a few heads, and got me out of my seat.
After a number of satirical bubblegum-pop songs, Becky Brooks set aside her guitar and grabbed the mic to let Wu-Tang lyrics roll off her tongue. Later drummer Nate Mitchell removed his dress shirt, tie and pants to reveal the neon-striped spandex body suit beneath. Then jumped into the audience and took his turn in the spotlight.
Naturally, we sent Kaela to find out what they thought made for a good show. August tour dates after the jump.
What do you think makes a really good show?
Nate: A good crowd; lots of energy.
Becky: Also, if the band looks like they're having a good time - that's important.
What are some shows you remember that have stuck in your head and you really enjoyed?
Nate: Last year's Popfest, I have to say. I was really blown away by Poison Control Center. They're an incredible live band, and they really go all out.
Becky: I have to say for local bands, I really like Dark Meat. There are so many people in that band. There's so much sound. There's so much visual imagery. It's fucking awesome. They're one of my favorites.
What inspires you?
Nate: Just trying to be entertaining. Becky and I have seen our fair share of live bands, and a lot of them just aren't entertaining. We tried extra hard.
Becky: We like to be on stage.
Nate: That's true. We just try to make up for rudimentary musicianship with stage presence.
- Aug 22: Cincinnatti, OH @ Comet Lounge
- Aug 23: Chicago , IL @ University of Chicago
- Aug 24: Chicago , IL @ The Low Note
- Aug 25: Rock Island, IL @ The Java Island
- Aug 26: Ames, IA @ House show
- Aug 28: Saint Louis, MO @ CBGB
- Aug 29: Nashville, TN @ 5 spot