For everyone out there who wishes the White Stripes had stuck to their
primordial roots, allow me to introduce Victor Victor Band. Unlike Jack and
Meg, Jamie and Danielle Victor are still very happily married (recently celebrating
their fifth anniversary) and they’re all too happy to go on exploring the rugged terrain
of rotgut riffing and basement thumping.
Victor Victor Band Thurs., Oct. 30, 9pm.
$5 with costume.
With Surgeon, Alright, Junior, Murderhouse,
Nite Lights + Haymaker. The Fire,
412 W. Girard Ave.
It sounds simple enough, but Jamie’s a good enough guitarist to fill any
open spaces with big fat swirls of psych, and Danielle is with him at every step, firmly
planted on the floor while he goes spinning and lurching around the stage. Plundering
the blues with a fuzzy garage ferocity, Jamie’s voice goes from a thin quiver to a
rebellious howl when needed, and his spirited antics are all too photogenic.
That old-school combination of chops and showmanship got them named the
city’s Best Unsigned Band by Philadelphia Style magazine, and they’ve
since conquered every rock-minded radio station and venue in the area, playing out at
least once a week. It doesn’t hurt that they’re a cute couple, or that their album
Chatterbox is more fully developed than most young bands’ debuts.
It’s more diverse than expected, toying with keyboards and impromptu sing-alongs before
closing with the badass instrumental “Do.”
If there’s a downside to the band’s raw, stripped-down sound, it’s that it
works best in small clubs. The Victors know this all too well, so far sticking to
reliable spots like the Khyber, JC Dobbs, Tritone and the Fire, where they’re playing a
costume-encouraged Mischief Night lineup. But they’re getting so much attention that
bigger venues are just around the corner. With a second album looming as well, it’ll be
interesting to see how much they evolve and how much they embrace the tried-and-true