December 23rd, 2009 |

On the heels of the band’s first record, the Cigarette Bums held the official party for self-released single Jailbird at Origami Vinyl. This three-piece from Silverlake has been slowly and quietly building steam playing on the east side, Hollywood, and Downtown. They have made good friends with bands like Cobalt Cranes, Bastidas, and Peg Leg Love, bringing an interesting flair to the garage revival. While this has helped them play some key shows, the band is definitely one of Silverlake’s unknown gems. Absent this time around was Tim Greenshields, who occasionally accompanies the Bums on tenor saxophone. And although they were playing to a modest size crowd, Eamon and Steven gave forth all their energy, displaying skills as musicians and showmen. Mixing elements of jazz, blues, and garage rock, the Cigarette Bums developed an interesting sound that got the crowd moving a bit, with applause an immediate reaction after every song. The Cigarette Bums’ set peaked during great songs like “Goin’ Nowhere,” or the slightly ominous ballad, “The Odyssey,” and closing with crowd favorite, “Electric.” Steven mentioned they plan on releasing another single in the near future, but it would be great to see something more along the lines of a full-length.—That way a person can take home more than just a taste of what this band has to offer.

Zachary Jensen

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