Major Games, Craft Spells, Umberto
- Categories: Pop
- Event posted: July 18, 2011
- Last updated: Aug. 5, 2011
Did the Jackpot travel back in time to summer 1987? Because the music coming from tonight's band, Craft Spells certainly sounds like it came from the closing credits of John Hughes movie. The Stockton, Calif. band lovingly acknowledges the decade of decadence, deregulation and Reaganomics without becoming such a warped parody that its novelty caves in on itself (I'm looking at you, The Bravery). The band's sound invokes several bands from the era, but New Order is definitely the most direct influence both in vocal presentation and production. They are joined by Kansas City's Umberto, who similarly specializes in synth and layered production. And flying in the face of all of that is Major Games, who make straightforward, fist-pumping rock 'n' roll with distorted basslines, dueling guitars and driving percussion that moves the songs forward with reckless abandon. Tonight's show starts at 10 p.m. and is for adults 18 and older.