Hello Stranger's live shows have been described as everything from low-key jam-a-longs to near mayhem. One reviewer called the band's CD release concert in Los Angeles akin to a Black Flag show, with bodies crowd-surfing and slamming.
Stretched out in the back of the band's tour van, singer Juliette Commagere seems to enjoy the memory.
"Yeah, that was a home show, and they get a lot rowdier," the singer says. "I prefer wild, personally. I do what I can to get it going. I try and heckle the audience into moving."
It's not a feat that seems too difficult, given the band's mix of music. The group's first full-length, self-titled album features sunny dance tracks like the opening "Take It to the Maxx," outright poppiness on "Here We Go Again," and a spacey slow jam, titled, appropriately enough, "Kubrick Eyes."
The music is a draw for any bright-eyed indie pup, but the real allure is in Commagere herself. Playing in front of bandmates Jared Smith (guitars, keyboards) and Joachim Cooder (drums, keyboards), she rocks many a fantasy as a feathers-wearing, crossbow-touting Barbarella with Debbie Harry vocals. As a special bonus, the gal also plays keytar, proving to be talented as well as self-confident.
"I guess you do need a little cockiness to carry it off," Commagere says. "People will give you shit for it, so you have to stay strong."
Hello Stranger with Sonnenblume and Epilogues
hi-dive, 7 S. Broadway, Denver
Friday, Feb. 23, 9 p.m.
Tickets: $6 at the door, 21-plus only; call 720/570-4500 for more info.