Bad Veins Concert Review
For the past year, I’ve had Bad Veins near the top of my must see list. This talented indie rock duo out of Ohio ripped through Orlando a few times in the past year steadily gaining new followers, including a killer set opening for Two Door Cinema Club at The Beacham earlier this year. RARA’s FARM reader, Debbie, couldn’t heap enough praise on their live show. Now, I understand why.
The unique sound of Bad Veins is highlighted by lush alt-rock melodies,a heavy use of keyboards and punctuated with clever guitar riffs. On stage, we saw a bit more of a guitar-driven show which is equally entertaining. Singer Ben Davis bounced across the stage throughout the show and was joined by new drummer Jake Bonta, a non-stop bundle of energy.
Davis, the affable front man, is the creative force behind the band, in fact, the band name is an anagram for Ben Davis. He writes all of the music, provides the vocals and plays most of the instruments, and he’s a hell of a performer on stage. He’s an energetic and passionate artist who developed a quick rapport with his fans. Davis worked with the crowd all night and seemed to genuinely enjoy the interactions.
On this “New Jake Tour,” the Social’s stage set-up was cool, as you can see in our photos. A bit of sensory overload with red roses everywhere, clever lighting and an interesting stage set-up. Drum kit to the left, mic stand and keyboards to the right and a reel to reel tape player in the center of the stage. The tape provided the background music (typically bass and keyboards) while Davis and Bonta tore up the stage. It was a unique approach and quite fun, but I am intrigued to think what their sound would be like with a full four piece on the stage.
Their set was about an hour long and packed with eleven energetic cuts that had the crowd thoroughly pleased and longing for more. The Social was less than half full, but those in attendance were passionate about Bad Veins and sang along throughout. They opened the show with “Don’t Run,” a guitar driven rocker that nicely spotlighted Bonta’s aggressive drums. It’s the first song of their 2012 release The Mess We’ve Made which was prominently featured throughout the set. Speaking with Davis before the show, he noted that they’d probably be back in the studio working on their next effort after this tour closes.
The highlight song of the night for me was the rocking “Dancing on TV.” which had the crowd bouncing and singing along throughout. Other crowd favorites included “Nursery Rhyme” and “Gold and Warm,” and the fantastic “If Then” which had the entire crowd providing harmonies throughout.
Davis has been touring as Bad Veins for a scant four years, and I would not be at all surprised to see their popularity grow as they continue to evolve and add more material to their current catalog. Good stuff…
Gold and Warm
Dancing On TV