Heading back quickly to the Buzz Stage I only had a few minutes to
catch my breath before Republica began their 30 minutes of music.
Here was another group I really didn't know what to expect. I was
slightly familiar with "Drop Dead Gorgeous," and a couple
of other Republica tunes, but was more curious than excited at
Another band in the techno-punk-rock category, at first I wasn't
thinking too much of Saffron and her band. They sounded great, and
the crowd was having a blast, but I didn't really see any energy
coming from the band.
The Republica fans were working it, and many of those trapped in the
front of the mosh-pit had to be pulled out by the big and burly
security dudes else they would have collapsed, but Saffron really
was just standing there, singing her tunes, on a wireless mike, and
I'm thinking "What a waste of a wireless - let a band who would
use it have it."
But then, maybe the band was starting to warm
up, maybe they fed off the energy of the youngin's mixing it up, but
Saffron started to work the stage, got rid of the mike stand, and
this Shrug was moving its way up a thumb or two. I was just starting
to get excited when I had to leave to catch The Cardigans (I should
have stayed and finished watching Republica), so it's only ONE THUMB
UP for Republica.
I will be watching for them to do a full-blown
show, but this one started way to lackadaisical to get that extra