One of my favorite bands to see in Los Angeles was The Movies. Though they didn’t play all that often, when they did they always put on a good show. They seemed to share the bill a lot with The Happy Hollows, another band I totally dug. Anyway, they broke up a while back, and the bass player – Jessica Gelt – is now in a band called Wet & Reckless. And last night they did a free show at The Echo.
It had been a while since I’d been to The Echo. There is now a photo booth in the spot where folks used to set up their merchandise tables. (Merchandise tables are now off stage left.) And there are actual benches in the back now. I can’t remember what we sat on back there – boxes? Speakers? The place feels a bit smaller.
But the biggest change is that the bands started on time. Holy moly. Wet & Reckless started at 10:06 p.m. They’re a three-piece band (Jessica on bass, Emily Wilder on vocals and guitar, and Jalise Woodward on drums). And they’re a lot of fun. After a new song, Jessica turned to Emily and asked “What’s next?” She then turned to the audience and said, “We don’t keep a set list, which is kind of stupid and also kind of fun.” Totally fun. Even their false start on “Confetti” had a certain amount of charm.
Jessica periodically asked for the lights to be turned down, so that by the last couple of songs the band was essentially in the dark. Theirs was a short set, ending at 10:37 p.m. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing them again soon.
Here are a few photos from their set.