People of Earth, Local Flora and Cosmic Punk graced the stage at Cat’s Cradle Back Room on March 2, filling the room with sounds of modern psychedelia and alternative indie.
I have been to a couple of shows at Cat’s Cradle, but never in the Back Room. The space was slightly smaller than the venue's main room, and with the color-changing stage lights and dim setting, it felt like stepping into a slightly alternate universe. It had two levels with ample seating and a scattering of tables that began to fill as the night went on.
Cosmic Punk, the first band to play, took the slowly growing audience by storm. This three-piece band from Chapel Hill describes themselves as an indie rock band and truly fulfill the genre title. The lead singer, Elayna Jean, led with an aura of distinction and poise, and faintly reminded me of a young Brittney Howard – but with her own unique flair. The bassist, Alex H., and drummer, Rick D., brought an incredible energy to the stage. Both performers and the crowd were feeding off each other as Cosmic Punk’s set progressed.
"Too Much," my favorite song they performed, was released March 1. The song felt easy to dance to, and personally — as cliché as it may sound — it felt like driving around with the windows rolled down in the summer at dusk.
My favorite concerts are those where everyone moves and dances unabashedly, and I was so pleased to see that this concert was just that. More and more people began to show up as Local Flora started to prepare themselves to go on stage. Local Flora is a Chapel Hill-based four-piece band, consisting of Steve Wood, Charlie Garnett, Eric Sugarman and Peter Joyce.