The Sound Lizards Give You Some Light

Photo by @Explodinglens

Poor House in Ft. Lauderdale is arguably the most unsuspecting spot to catch a band play. It lies unfortunately wedged in between the live music leviathan that is Revolution Live and the bright, neon clubbing district a street behind it. Poor House is the kind of bar that you go to when you want (relatively) cheap beer and desperately wish to avoid the 20-something year old spring breakers whose sole aim is to wake up in beds that aren’t theirs. All in all, your average dusty, dingy, dismal, dive bar. It’s not the first time I’ve slid into a bar like the one I found myself in that evening, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one so characteristically drab. It could’ve been a perfectly manicured film set, decorated for a scene where the main character meets their gruff partner in crime, convincing them to do one last heist. 

You get the imagery. 

Finding myself sat by the bar, I couldn’t help but wonder what kind of performance The Sound Lizards had lined up. To me, going into gigs with no expectations for what I’m about to watch, makes the whole event that much more surprising. It quite literally sets the stage for a new perspective, and subsequently, makes room for the experience to ebb and flow as it needs to. 

So when The Sound Lizards started playing, I was taken aback by how antithetical their sound was from the environment they played in. When the bar was cold and dank, the music was warm and smooth. You could just tell seeing the band perform that music flowed through their veins instead of blood. The evening was filled to the brim with a classic soft rock sound that made me nostalgic for a time I haven’t experienced. There definitely was a kind of sweetheart atmosphere within the music, with lyrics that illustrated very clearly how simple our day-to-day life can really be. Light guitar riffs, playful banter between the band and the sparse audience members they recognized, and a surprise appearance by a harmonica à la Bob Dylan completely brightened up the stage they played on. What was once your average dive bar became a balmy, summery evening that eased you more than whatever you were drinking could. 

At one point one of the band members said playfully into the mic, “We’re going to play another new one for you, even though they’re probably all new ones to you”. I couldn’t help but agree, but I found myself contemplating that phrase and the simple magic of it. I’ve mentioned in another article that it’s such a blessing to hear a set of music you’ve never heard. You’re forced to remain completely attentive to what you’re listening to (if it’s any good) and to make way for any arising emotions and opinions that come from it. I have to say that despite the hard exteriors, The Sound Lizards easily entranced the audience and enriched their environment with their laid-back sound and even more fun, laid-back attitude

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