The way PGirls’ vocalist Zac Pennington struts around the stage (and often times into the crowd, on top of the bar, out on the sidewalk, whatever) reminds me of Mick Jagger. It didn’t even matter that they were playing a small-ish club. With his undeniable charisma and enthusiasm, you’d think they were playing to a full stadium.
While their studio recordings might be described as indie-centric baroque pop with (generally speaking) synthesizer playing equal parts to guitar, perhaps in the same vein as Pet Shop Boys, The Smiths, or New Order, during this show their sound leaned a bit more towards a traditional rock band with the drummer providing a rock-solid backbeat to the arpeggiated keyboards, synth-y bass lines, guitar accents, and theatrical vocals.
Here’s a taste of their track ‘For All the Final Girls’ as recorded that night.
Parenthetical Girls, 12 Feb 2012, live at The Casbah, San Diego.
stereo board mix
Nady stereo condenser mic for room/audience
Focusrite Saffire Pro24 preamp/interface
Logic 8 for recording, editing, mixing
Soundtrack Pro for mastering