When a date was finally set for a Bad Veins album release party, it was easy to assume a large turnout from curious music listeners and long-time fans alike. No doubt an isolated event at any of Cincinnati’s larger venues would have done just fine, nevertheless, spectators enjoyed a cost-free event on Fountain Square as a part of MPMF’s Indie Summer concert series.
The series itself has already seen a number of fine concerts with surprisingly great responses from fans around the city (they brought in Enon, for cryin’ out loud!). This time around, not only did Bad Veins fans get a great performance, but there was now a full-length to buy… oh, and some people even got some dog tags.
I arrived a bit late, just in time to watch an opening performance by local synth-pop/art rock denizens You, You’re Awesome. They, as usual, were a pleasure to watch (even with an unfortunately fickle PA system). An hour or so later, Bad Veins took the stage and delivered what has become an expectedly impressive set, including all but two tracks from the new self-titled debut. The band also included a single-song encore, performing their slow-beat gem “Fake Baby”, which I was sad to see didn’t make the album.