Lime Garden at the Lexington
I wasn’t here to see Lime Garden. I had heard they were worth catching. Seeing Blood Wizard were in support, who I had seen play a good solo set a few weeks ago, seemed like a good reason to catch them.
On arrival, I was surprised to see a packed Lexington. Clearly Lime Garden are amassing a following amongst college age kids.
Tonight’s Blood Wizard set was a full band set. The addition of keys and other guitars adding an extra dimension to the songs missing from the solos set, supporting Kai’s excellent vocals.
Like with Kai’s solo set, the highlight was Halo. It starts off slowly drawing you in to a lazy sunny afternoon of a song. It then changes direction with a wash of guitars. I can see this song growing as years go by into a live monster.
There were a lot of noisy poorly mannered young people in the audience for Blood Wizard. Lime Garden’s audience had decided to grab their space at the front. It is great when people make the effort to see the support act and many of them seemed to be enjoying it. But there was a small group who appeared to be unaware to the noise they were making.
Always watch the support bands. If you don’t like the, keep quiet. Others might be listening to them.
Lime Garden are a bit of a hotpot of music styles. At times, songs have a bit of grunge. Some songs are pure indie pop. You can hear a wide range of influences from bands like Black Honey, Hole, Goat Girl and on one song, I thought there was a later day Wolf Alice vibe. Vocally, the lead singer remind me a lot of the laid back delivery of Courtney Barnet.
I am not sure the varied styles worked for me. I wasn’t left with a clear picture of what to expect from the band. Some songs were fully formed and really rather good, but there were others that seemed underwritten. In some ways it was great to see a band willing to spend some time working out their song writing craft and trying different things. While they didn’t work completely for me, I can see why they are making waves.