There is something about Kansas City that always confuses me, I would like to think of my home town as great place to see live music, and hell some times the place I call home surprises me. The Cults and Guards show at the Riot Room comes to mind. A time when I wasn’t expecting the city to show it’s face and it did. For a while there my city was right with me, we stood shoulder to shoulder and supported some great music. On Saturday night in Lawrence we lost touch, we had a fight and didn’t want to spend time together. I know once my home town wakes up from an evening hangover and reaches for the phone to put thought into that “I’m sorry” text they will be filled with regret from a great time missed.
While there may not have been a packed house at The Bottleneck that did not mean there wasn’t good music. While I had seen Mister Heavenly once before, tonight was different. While the obvious difference was the lack of a bass playing pilgrim, there was something more. It seemed like the music was more alive, the band’s brand of groove rock seemed to flow more freely. The semi-super group consisting of Honus Honus of Man Man, Nicholas Thorburn of Islands and The Unicorns, and Joe Plummer of Modest Mouse and The Shins have come together since March.
You could tell the band had developed more of a spark and songs like “Bronx Sniper” felt that much more sinister. Lyrics “I shot you down and I felt no remorse” seemed to have more attitude and meaning. These sentiments were only echoed by the super fans that crowed the front of the stage and jumped until the venue felt it. It had been awhile since I had seen such dedication from fans of a band, especially a band that just released their debut album only a few weeks before. The desperate fans screamed every lyric at the top of their lungs and eagerly waited for the band to blast into the chorus of “Doom Wop.”
For as small as the show was it certainly made a long lasting impression. Mister Heavenly blasted through song after song and left me sending the sentiment of “you should have been there” to my fair city. Our argument may be over but, that’s not to say I won’t remember the feeling. If you do get the chance to see the electric Mister Heavenly I highly suggest you do so. They are a band that demands your attention and rewards your effort. While most touring acts would have looked down on what the city had brought them, Mister Heavenly eagerly attacked the situation delivering a note worthy performance, one that should not be missed a second time. Mister Heavenly’s debut album “Out of Love” is available now and is worth the listen.
By Ryan Davis