Monday, January 26, 2009

Review: Moving Units at The Glass House


Photo: Ben Blau

Moving Units
January 24, 2009
The Glass House in Pomona
-Ben Blau


Moving Units made their live return to The Glass House in Pomona this past Saturday. The band took the stage just after 10:15 PM to an already steamy crowd. The band started things off somewhat tame with "Dark Walls" before launching the crowd into a chaotic dance party with "Birds Of Prey." Switching gears once again, they went into "Emancipation." The L.A. quartet danced and edged their way through an almost hour and 45 minute set, spoiling the crowd with a nice blend of old and newer material, pulling mostly from their "Dangerous Minds" (2004) album. The crowd surfing climaxed during "Between Us & Them," reminding hard care fans of the electricity from the band's early shows. The boys returned to the stage with an encore consisting of some early classics like "Anyone" & "I Am, and Available" from their self titled EP (2002) to round out the evening with and exclamation mark.

Frontman Blake Miller appeared in great spirits, but didn't speak much, leaving most of the talking in between songs to drummer, Chris Hathwell. Although the Glasshouse has been notoriously plagued by sound problems, MU appeared to have no problems and actually sounded great. For the first time, I couldn't complain about the sound issues at The Glass House. Not only did they sound great, but the band was confident and sounded very tight, as if it was just another day on tour.

Moving Units are due to head back into the studio in the coming months to start work on their 3rd studio effort. From the looks of the show, good things could be on the horizon as Moving Units continue into 2009.

Don't forget to mark your calendars: Moving Units play the El Rey on March 6th.


SETLIST:

Intro

Dark Walls
Birds of Prey

Emancipation
Pink Thoughts
Between Us & Them
Scars

Crash N Burn Victims

X & Y

Melodrama

Going for Adds
Paper Hearts
Blood Beats

ENCORE
Anyone
I Am
Available

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