Owl Mag reviews Goldenboy’s record release show on Feb 25th at Hotel Cafe:
The heavy rain almost put a damper on my commute to Los Angeles, and the thought of missing Goldenboyâ€™s performance was daunting. Nevertheless, I made it just in time to snag a front row seat and a glass of shitty wine.
The Hotel CafÃ© is probably one of the coolest venue/lounges in LA. Located near many hip bars and adjacent to the infamous Burgundy Room, where I spent the better part of my twenties annihilating my liver.
Shon Sullivan has come a long way since his one-man band days. Often times accompanied by a drummer, Shon would put on such a heartfelt performance that it gave you a clear visual of the talent he possessed. He played guitar, bass pedals, and sang his melodies in one shot, and always with a bashful smile.Â Now as a five-piece band, Shon Sullivan (guitar / vocals), Nicole Verhamme (guitar), Keith Brown (keyboards), Katy Stone (bass), and Jon Crawford (drums) bring a new dynamic that accentuates the existing beauty of Goldenboy.
The set started off with â€œSing Another Song For The Winterlong,â€ â€œKittens Of Lust,â€ and â€œSummer Of The Eveningâ€ off theÂ Blue Swan OrchestraÂ (2002) album. Before the band could debut a new song off their 2011 album,Â Sleepwalker, they were rudely interrupted and asked to move their vehicle. Â An awkward moment for a band for sure, but they somehow managed to get the vehicle relocated, laugh, and proceed with â€œHoliday.â€
â€œDifferent Moonâ€ and â€œRock â€˜n Roll All Nightâ€ definitely stood out as songs that showcased the bandâ€™s individual strength, skill, and musical emotion. I fell in love with Goldenboy all over again.
review: Liz Ortega
photo: Jeff Love