TX:Promoted by Goldenvoice. Reviewed July 31, 1996. They should have called this one the Summer-bland tour. Despite an impressive lineup of up-and-coming alt-rock acts, this four-band show was a boring and spiritless affair. A muffling sound system, uninspired performances and a half-full hall seemingly guarantee this one will soon be forgotten by all involved.
Headliner Everclear, whose hit “Santa Monica” must have influenced the poor venue choice, was as ineffective as ever.
The trio’s gold-certified “Sparkle and Fade” (Capitol) has a number of solid songs, but the group continues to struggle with its live presentation.
Leader Art Alexakis spent most of the evening trying to shout over the Civic’s abysmal sound system, leaving his guitar work a mess; the band did, however, hit a midset high with a segue of surf instrumental “Pacific Wonderland” and the contemplative “Fire Maple Song” from their ’93 album, “World of Noise.”
Spacehog’s latter-day Spiders From Mars routine was also a loser. Brothers Royston and Antony Langdon tried hard to awaken the sleepy crowd, with little success. Undermixed guitars (a problem all evening) and Royston’s limited vocal skills overshadowed the siblings’ efforts.
Tracy Bonham’s feisty set was, by virtual default, the best of the evening. Bonham has a powerful style that combines the passionate themes of PJ Harvey with the rough-around-the-edges hooks of Veruca Salt. Songs such as the explosive hit “Mother Mother,” a nifty tune of independence that featured the slight singer racing about the stage while attacking her violin, and the punkish “Building,” were standouts of her short set.