It was my first time at Last Exit Live, and my initial impressions were, “this is off the beaten path”, and “have they been waiting for me to start the show?”. It was just after 9 and the hallway shaped room was pretty empty, aside from a few people milling about on the patio. There was excitement in the air over the headlining band, Talisco, who had just performed a couple successful shows in Austin and is now in the midst of an American tour. One guy stopped me in the parking lot after the show and said, he had just seen them play twice at SXSW and was blown away that there were so few people here after their huge reception in Austin. Well it was Wednesday, and we were pretty far south of downtown Phoenix.
A last minute addition of their keyboardist had the stage crammed, but not so that frontman, Corey Gloden couldn’t dance and kick his way around with microphone cored wrapped around his arms. I could instantly tell that they are one of the better local bands in Phoenix and I was already looking forward to their next show.