Sean Lennon took the El Rey Theatre of Hollywood with The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, a band he put together with musician/model Charlotte Kemp Muhl in 2008. Being introduced by a very unusual yet intriguing performance art piece with dialogues that included statements such as, "How can we be upset about our impending doom, when we were the cause, the creators, and the perpetuators?"; as well as "Practicality over passion, efficiency over emotion." From the costumes to the props, the whole facade was stimulating while simultaneously a bit disturbing. Last but not least, their final comment, in which was chanted several times, "Eat the fucking rabbits!"
The band has a very psychedelic, experimental sound, where Sean laughs as he states that the band members met in the 1970s. The audience was very eclectic, ranging from older Beatles fans to the younger generation of The GOASTT's fans. Their vocal harmonies conveyed a special bond between all six band members and emanated a very powerful vibe to the audience as they played together. Sean and Charlotte make an exceptional head duo, as John and Yoko’s son jokingly refers himself to Mark Antony and Charlotte to Cleopatra. The two have been in a relationship since 2004 when they met at the Coachella Music Festival, which only enhances their on-stage chemistry.
The band was begged to come back on stage, and that they did, for a three-song encore, including the first song they ever wrote, "The World Was Made for Men." Also a team off-stage, Sean and Charlotte, whilst signing merchandise for all the fans after the show, portrayed their effortlessly harmonious connection.
GOASTT continues their summer tour all over the U.S. and Canada including 7 venues with singer-songwriter Beck and the For Noise Festival in Switzerland. Catch them while you can, as The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger puts on an exceptional show!
Text by Kylie Wishart
Photos by Paula Tripodi