Love Assassin’s stage show will thrill and excite you. The show will fly by quicker than you want it to and you’ll find yourself curious to hear more of Love Assassin’s music.
The show started with music from the opening of 2001: A Space Odyssey and a darkened stage. The lights went up to reveal Dan Avery, the lead singer of Love Assasin, walking on stage with a huge smile to greet a hyped-up audience.
Putting on more of a stage show than many of their local counterparts, Love Assassin’s sound oscillates between compelling alternative rock and soulful melodic rock, with fans driving in all the way from Long Island and Albany to see their headlining performance at Mexicali Live in NJ. Perhaps my favorite song that instantly gets your blood going when you hear it live is a tune that reminds me of a more upbeat version of Billy Joel’s “Piano Man.” Love Assassin’s song “Duffy’s” is an homage to a local saloon and its patrons.
Despite working on their first full length album, the band still finds time to play weekly and their stage performance brings their music to life. One thing that Love Assassin does particularly well is stage banter, not only with the audience, but with each other. Lead vocalist and guitarist Dan Avery and guitarist Eric Menist converse with each other in an impromptu dialogue throughout the show, allowing the audience a glimpse into their great working dynamic. I don’t see many local bands who can do this with the level of professionalism of Love Assassin.
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Throughout the show, the lights got brighter and brighter until the music climaxed with Eric Menist throwing off his fedora and playing guitar behind his head. The show ended with an exhilarated audience slowly coming down from the performance, followed by people rushing the merchandise table to buy a copy of Love Assassin’s songs.