[ALT. ROCK] I’d already seen the Barbarellatones
before they played at Casanova’s in August, so I knew what to expect.
Robbie “Revlon” Quine & Co. didn’t disappoint, rocking the dance
floor with a trademark set of original glam/surf/punk freak-out jams.
As promised, there was a bull dyke on a bullhorn, and they played
“Violet Fire,” a stunning ballad that should’ve earned them an
appearance on MTV Cribs. The
real surprise of the night (besides witnessing my intoxicated shrink
leave his dinner table for a nap in his luxury car) was the opening
band, Hinterlander. As my wife and I knife-battled over our tiramisu,
we heard the promising sounds of a unique, top-notch indie-rock band.
Heidi (shown right), the lead singer and bassist, charmed the crowd
with her knee-high socks, playful lyrics and sweet voice. Hinterlander,
which includes Heidi’s husband on guitar and a guy named Cory (must be
a winner!) on drums, actually knew what the hell they were doing, even
if I didn’t—at one point I looked up and saw the guitarist shredding,
with a drumstick wedged below the strings of his instrument. It turns
out all three members are accomplished musicians who have released (or
will soon be releasing) solo albums. Heidi even contributed their CD’s
futurist-psychedelic artwork, and has sold photographs at Cafe Marc
Aurel, where the band will also be playing Nov. 2. We left Casanova’s
that night feeling fortunate to have found such progressive, talented
artists in Maui’s music scene. If you haven’t seen either band yet,
here’s your shot at redemption. [COREY NIELSEN]