by Robert Bell
JOHN MCATEER AND THE GENTLEMEN FIRESNAKES
8 p.m. Vino's. $5.
John McAteer — known to more than a few folks as Johnny Mac, solo artist and frontman for The Reds — released the album "Dark Houses" last summer, but hadn't gotten to playing a record-release show until now (he did play an acoustic solo show). This one will feature a full-band lineup, with Josh Bentley on bass, Brian Bush on keyboards and Brad Brown on drums.
If you haven't yet picked up a copy of "Dark Houses," I recommend it. The album hits a total sweet spot hybrid of nervy post-punk and classic power pop. Check the blistering, epic "Cipher" or the slyly infectious opener "Waste of Time." And the fist-pumping-inducing "I Hope He Understands" just slays, pausing for a breath in the middle to get set up for some blistering, bitchin' guitar soloing. Seriously.
Check out "I Hope He Understands" after the jump. It's awesome.