North Carolina’s Annuals were in town last night for their Cincinnati area debut at The Southgate House in Newport, KY. I walked in just in time to hear them begin their set with Complete or Completeing, one of the gems from their debut album, Be He Me . The Southgate House was rather subdued on a Tuesday night but I was pleasantly surprised with the turnout considering the night and the fact that Annuals have never played here before.
I was also pleasantly surprised at the bands energy, especially from the lead singer Adam Baker, who cluthces the microphone like a famished traveller grasping his last drink of water. The crowd didnt really reciprocate the energy, and seemed to be cautiously observing the band for the majority of the set. But by the time the band launched into arguably the best track on the album, Brother, a decent amount of people had left their seats or standing positions in the back to get a closer look and listen. As with most young bands only touring a single album, the set wasnt that long, but it certainly left me with a good taste in my mouth.
Annuals are also performing today in the WOXY.com Lounge at about 12:30 EST. Check it out live if you can and if you miss it, it will be available for download not long after.
You can also find a handful of other average photos from yours truly below and on our Flickr site…..