Before August 30, I unfortunately had never been to a rock concert. I had watched them online, listened to rock albums, and had even toyed around with the sound in my own recordings, but I had never experienced the excitement and intensity in person. Luckily, The L.A. Maybe gave me my first go at the live rock experience, and boy, it was an experience to say the least.
If you’re not familiar with me or my writing, you should know that I’m a big fan of reviewing things. When I’m not applauding a Mexican restaurant on South Boulevard, I enjoy reviewing music and live concerts. Once I saw The L.A. Maybe’s press reel, I practically lept at the chance to tell others about them. I knew immediately that I would be attending their August 30 show at Amos’ Southend.
The L.A. Maybe is a 5-piece rock band consisting of the following members: lead singer Goliath Furr, guitarists Darryl Silvera and Dallas Dwight, bassist Rahsaan Lacey, and drummer Ryan Fosnow.
After seeing them live, the first word that comes to mind is “electrifying.” They truly know how to deliver a highly energetic performance. From beginning to end, each member had his own style and flavor that came together to culminate an unforgettable experience. Each song they performed served somewhat as a portfolio, detailing their range in dynamic and ability.
Putting a riveting setlist together is an art form in its own right. I have read many books on how to craft the perfect setlist, and each one commonly exclaims that there is an array of complex factors that go into making each song effective. By the halfway point of The L.A. Maybe’s performance, I was a little suspicious that the band had sneaked into my home and raided my bookshelf because the flow of their set was extremely well crafted and took me on a journey of sounds and emotions. They began with a high energy start by busting out AC/DC’s “If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)” which was followed by “Mr. Brownstone” by Guns N’ Roses. By the third song in their set, I wobbled back from the bar to witness the band’s lead singer sensually body rolling with his leather vest fully open and a sultry gleam in his eye. It was at that moment that I snapped out of my befuddled gaze to realize they were performing an unreleased original titled “Sweet.” And my, my, my, how sweet it was! For the rest of the show, all five members did a stellar job keeping the crowd engaged, especially Rahsaan, who would periodically hop from the stage to gallivant through the crowd with his bass in hand and a spring in his stride!
It’s no secret that the band draws influence from classic and contemporary rock artists such as Chris Cornell and Foo Fighters. This influence is distinctly evident in a few areas, most obviously being Goliath’s vocal placement and nuances. His tenor voice has a piercing, bright quality and rings with brassiness as he ascends in pitch.
As a performer, I especially have to commend Goliath for his ability to keep a show going in less than ideal circumstances. At points in the show, the EQ from his microphone made it difficult to hear him from the audience. If the listeners are having a hard time making out what is being sung, the musicians more than likely cannot hear themselves as well. It is common knowledge among singers that it is virtually impossible to sing over amplified instruments, unless you are Luciano Pavarotti or Jennifer Hudson with a stubbed toe. Fortunately, Goliath and the rest of The L.A. Maybe seamlessly handled this all-too-common mishap with grace.
Overall, The L.A. Maybe has displayed great vigor and dedication to entertaining, and it shows in their cohesiveness as a band and the reactions they get from the audience. Their self-titled EP comes out October 19 and will be available on all streaming platforms. In the meantime, you can stay engaged with them by visiting their website or following them on Instagram and Facebook.