Left Standing

Local alt. rockers Left Standing played an acoustic set July 7 at the House of Blues as part of Acoustic Strip, a free, all-ages, weekly showcase of local and regional bands. Only four members of the five-piece group performed, but when they started off with their high-energy song “Brand New Day,” it sounded like nobody was missing. The calm yet upbeat “Out With the Boys,” from their 2008 second album, The Living Room Sessions, was filled with guitar tunes that inspired the crowd to grab a dance partner. And the drum-and-bass-driven “Roxanne” had me tapping my feet. The band’s sound was consistent, their stage presence upbeat and their excitement to play onstage was palpable—perhaps because of (or in spite of) having played together since 2002. Left Standing ended the show with an infectious sing-along tune, “American Anthem,” which screamed freedom and pride with the lyrics, “If you don’t think that this is worth fighting for, then you shouldn’t live here no more!” The crowd gave a standing ovation, and I was left standing in awe.

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