Starker and Wrong of The True Moves rocking out at Rumba Cafe

Starker and Wrong of The True Moves rocking out at Rumba Cafe

March 18, 2010 – The True Moves is a Columbus band consisting of Eric Wrong on vocals/guitar, Anni-lucci on guitar/vocals, Bob Ray Starker on sax/guitar/vocals, John Rice on bass guitar, and Nick Turdas on drums. They list themselves as a garage rock band, but I feel that garage surfer rock would be much more apt. Actually it’s pretty safe to say that these guys really rocked the house mainly due to the strong licks coming out of Starker’s sax.

Walking into the bar I noticed that there was plenty of room to stand, sit, or play a game of four square if you so desired in this place. Some band was finishing up their set and I was sure I was going to need a drink. Rumba does have a wonderful selection of beers and I settled with an old favorite, Stella Artios. The band on stage played their last note and there was some cursory clapping. I found a table right next to the sound booth and prepared for whatever the hell might be coming my way. It’s not that I expect shows to suck, it’s just that out of 100 bands you would expect about 10 to really be awesome. It is possible that this city has an abundance of awesome musicians, but I really feel that the law of averages knows no bounds like that.

The True Moves playing Rumba Cafe

The True Moves playing Rumba Cafe

The True Moves started setting up on stage. The first thing erected was the drum kit. This thing looked like it had seen a war or two; it was an old Gretsch kit. Then Anni-lucci hopped up on stage and started tuning the bass. I thought that perhaps they had a female bass player a la the Talking Heads, but no, after tuning the bass she muddles over to a guitar and started tuning there. The rest of the musicians took the stage and sound check commenced. I was thoroughly frightened by the sound coming out of the drums. There were tuned based on some sort of quantum theory which defies the mind. That or they just were not tuned at all. I suspect the latter may have been the case.

The music commenced and I couldn’t have been so wrong about this rag tag group of musicians on stage. They started with a number “Wild Weekend,” and had me bouncing in my seat. The band took me back to the 50’s surfer rock era. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t alive then, but I sure can dream. It really made me feel like I was inside of a Quentin Tarantino film. The music was thumping and amazing. After a while I totally didn’t notice the fact that the drums had sounded like hell during the sound check. They actually fit very well with the music being played. Two songs really got my attention and are certainly worth looking into, namely, “Right Girl,” and “Black Swamp.”

By about the eighth song of their set I was starting to get bored. But amazingly Starker was able to pull me back in with a percussive sax sound, which sounded like he was slapping the reed with his tongue. He called it “angry tongue slapping.” The set finished and I felt like this was the type of band that you just feel the need to go up and congratulate. So I did, and found that these guys were also very friendly to talk to. Too many times have I met a bunch of douche bags on stage, and that’s even when you are playing a show with them. These guys are definitely worth seeing, so go out and find them.

The True Moves can be found on MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/truemoves.

-V-