Photo by Adam Ryan Morris
Serving as the city’s resident Sub Pop Records representative and playing a rare local show in honor of the release of its second full-length, Traps, Jaill knew it had to do something special for the occasion. Open bowling, tacos, masked mascots and a well-executed performance later, the band provided Bay View Bowl patrons with just that – a fun and hard-to-match night perfectly suited for the significant evening in local music.
Following a solid table-setting performance from Football, Jaill navigated its way through the balloon-strew alley carpeting and around the streamer-lined foosball tables en route to a makeshift ground-level stage situated at the alley’s easterly wall. Donning a too-big Tommy Bahama-type shirt, singer Vinnie Kircher welcomed the sizable all-ages crowd to the show before the band plowed through a lengthy and true-to-record set.
Much of the performance’s early going was entrenched in tracks off the new album. The band chased the second song on the playlist, the jaunty “Everyone’s A Bitch,” with equally upbeat Traps cut “Perfect Ten” – which prompted the small army of furry creatures scattered throughout the crowd to lob balloons and dance erratically.
The band played a gracious-yet-focused host, seldom stopping between songs, except to thank the crowd, to ask for more beers and or to introduce the sideband musicians brought in to assist the band’s live performance.
Technically a three-piece, Jaill greatly benefit from the live help it enlisted in the form of guitarist/background vocalist Jonathon Mayer (bandleader of Milwaukee/Madison pop rock outfit Surgeons In Heat) and John The Savage and Cyborg Fortress singer-turned temporary Jaill keyboard player Mike Skorcz. The added help made some of the traditionally lo-fi, meat and potatoes band’s more involved songs such as the synthy “Stone Froze Mascot,” harmony-laden “House With Haunting” and guitar-heavy decided first single “Waste A Lot Of Things” closely mirror their recorded versions.
While a good portion of Jaill’s setlist was understandably via Traps, a handful of greatest hits from its 2010 Sub Pop debut That’s How We Burn were strategically slid in to recapture the audience, had they grown tired of the steady diet of brand new songs. Crowd pleasers “The Stroller” and “Everybody’s Hip” were played back-to-back to the delight of most on hand, and fellow That’s How We Burn favorite “How’s The Grave” kept many a rented, Technicolor shoe tapping as the set crept towards its conclusion.
Of course, everyone knew it wouldn’t be a true album release/bowling and taco party without a Cyndi Lauper cover to close out the show. Gladly, Jaill obliged, putting a lighthearted bow on the unique and thoughtful evening it gifted show goers.