Arts Desk

Photos: I:Scintilla @ Spellbound DC

Jim Cookas of I:Scintilla

It's vaguely surprising to me to see Chicago's I:Scintilla playing at a basement bar's goth night rather than at an actual rock club. Their music is nothing if not accessible, full of catchy melodies, big rhythms, and frontwoman Brittany Bindrim's excellent vocals—all served up with an energetic and infectious stage presence. But there they were on Saturday night, playing to an enthusiastic crowd at Spellbound DC, a regular goth/industrial gathering housed in Recessions, a downtown bar, on a "stage" separated from the dance floor by some strategically placed chairs. Aside from some sound issues that made Bindrim's vocals inaudible for pieces of a few songs, the band (in trio form for this show, with Bindrim, guitarist Jim Cookas, and drummer Vincent Grech) put on a solid show. It's always fun to see bands deliver an intimate set to their core set of fans, but it'd be great to see I:Scintilla playing to a wider audience next time they're in D.C.

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