We took a trip to The Viper Room last night to catch Lady Sinatra on the last night of their November residency at the classic Sunset Strip music club. For a reason unknown at the time, the stage hands set up a catwalk in front of the stage. This allowed opening acts to bring themselves into the middle of the crowd for some solo guitar action. But it was Lady Sinatra who truly put it to good use.
When Joseph “Bunny” Holiday saw the ramp in front of him, he appropriately said “Look what they gave me tonight! I’m fucking Lady GaGa!”. Ya, Lady GaGa with a full beard singing about sinning it up in New Orleans and inviting fans to stage dive and dance on stage. If only we could send all GaGa fans to a Lady Sinatra show at some point. The world would be better off.
Here is the great thing about Lady Sinatra. They play fast and fun. They hit you over the head with their sound and stage presence, but they do it for a short enough period of time that you don’t really want it to stop. The band ripped through about six songs, including “Hey Mr. Heartattack” and new song “Oh Devil!”, until they got to their finale. “Gold Lung” is the newest single from Lady Sinatra, and pretty much sums up everything the band is about. Last night at The Viper Room, “Gold Lung” started one of the funniest and oddest metal dance parties I’ve ever seen. Some very pretty ladies, a dude with a silver painted head and fur coat, two headbangers, and a small Asian kid who brought ten unsuspecting friends to a metal show for his birthday- all were on the catwalk and on stage dancing and rocking out to “Bunny” Holiday yelling “Baby fire away!” into the mic. If you weren’t having fun at that point, you walked into the wrong show.
Check out the video for “Gold Lung” here. Unfortunately the cast from the catwalk last night is missing, but they’ve been replaced with bikini-clad cave dancers- hopefully you can handle that.