June 8, 2007 - Neumo's - Seattle, WA
by Katie Sauro
Flanked by a trio of backing musicians and armed with plenty of harmonized oohs, ahhs, and whoa-oh-ohs, adorable husband/wife duo the Rosebuds blew through an energetic and, if you were like me and thought it smart to stand next to the speakers, deafeningly loud set that ended much too soon. Past tours have seen Ivan Howard and his bleached-blonde counterpart Kelly Crisp bring along only a drummer, but this time around, the duo trotted out a larger-scale production, performing as a tight five-piece and seeming to enjoy themselves as much as the crowd. The band’s indie pop set consisted mostly of their newest album, Night of the Furies, a more disco-infused electro-pop album than either of their previous two full-lengths—not immediately as appealing as past efforts on disc, but stunning live (and more fun to dance to). The Rosebuds didn’t ignore longtime fans, though, playing classic crowd favorites “Hold Hands and Fight,” “Shake Our Tree,” and “Back to Boston,” before ending their encore with an awesome, punked-up cover of “Shark Attack” by New Wave band Split Enz.
More on The Rosebuds: www.therosebuds.com / www.myspace.com/therosebuds.