Scoti*Slate, Molly Malones, May 30, 2013
The final days of May were drawing to an end, and Scoti*Slate was heating up Molly Malones with a full-band set in anticipation of the rock and roll summer of 2013. The temperature definitely was rising, and the pop and dance tunes presented by this sleek and funky collective definitely made you want to shake your booty and sing along. A few fans drove quite a distance to see this Arizona-based band, and judging by the live performance at hand, it won’t be long until Scoti*Slate will be playing the bigger halls, enrapturing sizable audiences from all across the nation.
The band was playing a special show at Molly Malones in support of their recently released Good Fight full length on Brightlife Music. Some of the songs from the CD that transformed brilliantly live including the pulsating inflections of Magic Number and the super trashy dynamics of Dirty Birdy. In the covers department, Scoti*Slate unleashed a resourceful version of the Rolling Stones classic Miss You, rendering that song all their own.
The lineup of Scoti-Slate was first rate and thoroughly professional. One noticed Derek E. Upton encased in a barrage of drums, keeping the beats with a wonderful amount of precision and enthusiasm. Gregg Cash was smiling and a pleasure to watch, delving out the pulsating low end. Lars Slate presented tasty guitar licks with a laid back yet persuasive magnetism, filling the room with a mighty wall of sound. And then there is the highly charismatic front man Aaron Scoti, performing with a great deal of passion and conviction, always making sure the audience is having a good time. Scoti knows the definition of showmanship, and has a terrific voice that soars. Together they are Scoti*Slate, and when this winning collective deliver their highly infectious tunes, they are on fire!
Be sure to catch Scoti-Slate on June 16, when they will be headlining the Interscope /Def Jam Rok the Jam at the Universal City walk Infusion Lounge. A pop-tastic rock and roll explosion that is not to be missed!
(Review and Photo by Kenneth Morton)
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