If you’ve been to Public Works in San Francisco before, you might associate the fairly new but oft-used venue more with electronic music and DJs than you do indie rock, and you would be right. But Public Works also hosts some great shows that tilt a little more toward the indie side. Such was the case when Maus Haus, Exray’s and Tropical Popsicle opened up for Matthew Dear on February 24th, the busy Saturday of the 2012 Noise Pop Festival.
Starting the night off right to the stalwarts who arrived early (several other incredible shows were happening the same night—San Francisco, you’re so spoiled!—and it seemed the masses didn’t show up for anyone but the headliner) was San Diego’s Tropical Popsicle. Though this trio lists many creative genres to describe their stuff, “tropical-psych-folk-garage” may be the closest approximation, though “BEACH GOTH” is pretty awesome, too (for more, visit the band’s Facebook page). Tropical Popsicle injected some surfy goodness into the night, tinged with a bit of Echo & The Bunnymen, and who can argue with that?
Exray’s, a local duo comprised of Jon Bernson and Michael Falsetto-Mapp, brought the energy level down with their dreamy, lo-fi brand of electro-pop. The musicality was superb during this set, and watching the music happen was fascinating; but the energy level seemed a bit too low for late on a Saturday night when the feet in the room wanted nothing more than to dance.
Fortunately, local favorites Maus Haus were up next to get the dance party started. It’s tough to describe Maus Haus’s schtick, but they are quirky, dancy, and awesome. It was a treat to see this band in such an intimate venue, and they sounded great. This set was when people finally began showing up in earnest, as well, which added another level of energy to the set.
Your Examiner unfortunately had to go home and sleep before Matthew Dear took the stage (he wasn’t scheduled to appear until after midnight), but he was probably great, because that’s how the universe works, isn’t it?
Be sure to check out the photos from this fun Noise Pop show in the gallery to your left.