She Wants Revenge. At UCSB’s Hub, Friday, October 20.
Reviewed by Levi Michaels
When L.A. indie-rockers She Wants Revenge took the stage back in June for the Summer RoundUp, something about them seemed just a little bit out of place. Perhaps the glaring sun subtracted from their salacious drag and dirty lyrics, because, after all, we all know how hard it is to be libidinous in the middle of the day. But when the lights of the Hub fell last Friday night, the vampire boys were clearly in their element.
“We were really excited to be coming back to Santa Barbara because we loved the crowd at the RoundUp,” said front man Justin Warfield, pausing for a moment on the balcony of the UCen while openers the Archie Bronson Outfit and Neuromance raged below. “We’re especially glad to be playing for the students because they are the most dedicated fans.”
And the students did not fail to accommodate. From the opening rendition of “Red Flags and Long Nights,” the crowd was encouraging and energetic, feeding off the dark and intimate atmosphere. Seriously, think Interpol after dark. Other highlights of the show included “Sister,” “Out of Control,” “These Things,” and a particularly dramatic “Someone Must Get Hurt.”
The momentum paused for a well-placed keyboard interlude by Adam Bravin, only to be summoned back in full force by Warfield, who proclaimed the next song to be simply “a dance song.” “I Don’t Want to Fall in Love” quite literally got the room shaking before “Tear You Apart” closed the night with a culminating cry of “I wanna fucking tear you apart,” courtesy of the students.
The show was unfortunately lacking in the new material department — the songs were exclusively from SWR’s self-titled debut album — but as Warfield explained, “We’ll be going back to the studios after our tour is done at the end of the month.” Until then, keep the lights off, boys.