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Jesus Jones brings electric charge to Orpheum


With Ned's Atomic Dustbin.

Orpheum Theater, Oct. 10, 7:30 pm.



FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO COULDN'T bear to tear yourselves away from your late-night tooling sessions, you missed a great double bill with Jesus Jones and Ned's Atomic Dustbin at the Orpheum. From the start, the atmosphere was charged, the audience was psyched, and it sure beat doing a problem set.

The sold-out show began promptly at 7:30 pm with the opening act, Ned's Atomic Dustbin. The wildly appreciative and jubilant crowd were already on their feet. An hour-long run through God Fodder, Ned's debut album, was more than enough to get them going.

Ned's breezed through "Less Than Useful," "Until You Find Out," "Kill Your Television" and "Cut Up" -- or as lead singer John called it, "the Stomp-Your-Feet-Until-They-Hurt Dance"-- with head-churning intensity and little interruption. Their first single, "Happy," generated much adoration and applause. After "Throwing Things" and "Grey Cells Green," Ned's announced a "short encore" which went on for some time. Finally, they played the well-received "Selfish" and departed one-by-one to the line "Get off of that stage," from the song "What Gives My Son?"

The main attraction for the night, however, was definitely Jesus Jones. The band was as wildly out of control on stage as Ned's Atomic Dustbin. They didn't play as fast as expected, but still were very energetic and intense.

Jesus Jones opened with the frenetic, dischordant sounds of their debut album Liquidizer and garnered a great response from the crowd. They also played "Move Mountains," "Never Enough" and "The Real World" from the same album.

It was evident, however, that Jesus Jones' second album, Doubt, was the more well-known of the two. Their three Top 40 hits, "International Bright Young Thing," "Right Here Right Now" and the current "Real Real Real" produced an audible audience chorus. Other songs on Doubt were also enthusiastically received, with extra emphasis on "Welcome Back Victoria" and "Are You Satisfied?" Despite lead singer Mike Edwards' comment "Never trust an audience that stands up for Jesus Jones," the crowd not only stood up but thoroughly enjoyed themselves, too.

Jesus Jones played their encore faster and with even more energy. After a short reminiscence on their earlier performance at the Orpheum, they launched into "Blissed." Midway through the song, Edwards stepped off the stage into the audience. Waving arms obscured his legs as he walked around the front of the stage, and thunderous cheers filled the theater as the band left the stage and the final chords of "Blissed" disappeared.