Last night’s show at Southpaw was great. There was a fantastic turnout, totally packed to the gills. BK local Ben Kweller even showed up really early to take in all the local sounds. But the biggest buzz of the night (besides the super-amplified enthusiasm surrounding Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) was the fact that when Dirty on Purpose took the stage they were short one member–keyboardist, and resident “hot chick”, Erika Forster.
By the third song the crowd was demanding to know where she was, “Where’s Erika?!,” shouted one member of the crowd to the band. Guitarist Joe Jurewicz replied by saying, “I think she’s in Japan…” with the other guitarist, George Wilson adding, “She’s in another band.” The crowd continued to mumble. Nora started shouting angrily, “You can’t have a band without the hot girl! Where’s the hot girl?!” She was thumping the bar counter so furiously that I feared that the alcohol might spill out of the plastic cup she was holding. “Now they have no excuse for playing sissy music,” I overheard someone else say.
However, the good news is you can still catch Erika in her other band, Au Revoir Simone at Rothko on August 12th.