|Sean Lennon, Charlotte Kemp Muhl. The GOASTT. All photos (c) PMR.|
Even though the sold out crowd at Club Cafe Sunday came to see Sean Lennon more than his band, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, it was the ensemble that had chins wagging come night's end.
There's no denying that Lennon looks and sounds like his father. He also seems, from his few interactions with the crowd, to possess his father's wry sense of humor. "We're The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger," he announced early in the set, "not to be confused with "The 'Goat' of a Saber Tooth Tiger." Later, after thanking the crowd for selling out the venue, he mused on Club Cafe's origins: "I love this place, but it's like they didn't know what to name it: 'It's a club, it's a cafe...'
The band played a short, energetic set that brought to mind the upbeat psychedelia of The Flaming Lips circa At War With the Mystics – clever pop hooks mixed with heady guitars and kooky keyboard flourishes. Nearly all of the songs were from their new album, Midnight Sun. (The setlist called for an encore of Syd Barrett's "Long Gone" that went unheeded.)
Much more than just an interesting footnote, The GOASTT is a fine psychedelic rock that deserves further attention.
Opening were Invisible Familiars, also from New York. They also backed Lennon and his girlfriend, Charlotte Kemp Muhl, during their performance as GOASTT. They didn't have any CDs to sell because they sold out at their previous gig. That's always a good sign.
Here are some photos from the evening:
THE GHOST OF A SABER TOOTH TIGER:
-- B. Conway