Loverless at Geno's, December 18

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By AMANDA PLEAU  |  December 29, 2010

Loverless aren't technically on hiatus; they just aren't playing very much. Bassist Dan MacLeod confessed he got blood blisters from practice earlier that day. He hadn't touched his bass in seven months — if he screamed in agony on stage, he was really, actually hurting. It always seemed strange to me that I had never managed to see Loverless in the five years I've been living in Portland. On Saturday, at MacLeod's going-away party, I understood why; it's rock for dudes who like to geek out about rock. Now that two-thirds of the trio will be living in the Brooklyn, it's likely they'll be playing Portland even less. I was happy to have the opportunity to check them out.

Their profile on CDBaby.com calls the music "blues based rock and roll . . . a psychedelic swirl of sex and danger." A friend remarked that the vibe in the club made her want to jump naked into a writhing pit of snakes, which I suppose backs up the claim that they are a "psychedelic swirl of sex and danger."

Geno's was packed. MacLeod claims it was mostly "friends, not fans," but that's definitely selling the band short. For me, they're the kind of band who bob their heads to the beat emphatically while performing extremely long, feedback-ridden solos to a roomful of men also bobbing their heads in unison. I made a conscious effort to hold back my metal horns because I know it's uncool. It was a good show. Elijah Ocean, a staple of the Portland music scene, is the epitome of a rock and roll frontman. As a band, they're confident, aggressive, and put on a captivating performance.

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