What if Robert Smith and his buddies in The Cure were born in the American South, and raised on classic rock instead of British pop? In that alternative universe, there's probably less chance they'd wear their hair like they do. More importantly, their brand of complex, moody semi-psychedelic music might have come out sounding more like their unlikely musical brethren — Georgia's Dead Confederate.
The latter band visited Akron's Musica last night and performed an excellent set of textured, muscular rock and roll for an appreciative crowd of about 100. They spent much of the show performing as near-silhouettes amidst a stage filled with light and fog, a pretty clear indication that they have bigger performances in mind for their future.
The extended, dramatic instrumental build-up of their opening song showed that they could easily make this goal a reality. The contrast between their amazingly young appearance (frontman Hardy Morris, in particular, looks younger than the kid who mows lawns in our neighborhood) and the musical skill, unity and depth on display was jarring. They performed a cohesive but suitably diverse group of songs, including the moody epic 'Wrecking Ball' from their debut album and more upbeat, concise tracks such as 'Giving it All Away' from their most recent release, 'Sugar.' Hopefully they'll come back soon, it's likely to be more crowded next time. — Matthew Wilkening