May 11th was the date of the seventh Exposé series concert at the Club Kaos in Fremont. This time out the show was moved from Friday to Saturday night due to a scheduling snafu just a few weeks before which resulted in our original opening band, Cloud Chamber having to cancel. But this turn of events seemed to work out in the best interest of instrumental trio Maximum Indifference, who opened the gig and gave what was probably their best performance on a local stage to date. Led by bassist Gusaf Fjelstrom, the group cruised through a crisp seventy-minute set merging familiar elements of the Rush and Primus sound with a heavy jazzy/techno vibe all their own, including a number of new songs destined for their upcoming second album.
L.A. headliners Spock's Beard performed a blistering set of tracks starting off with the opener from their latest disc, 'Beware Of Darkness.' The band has many influences: from Todd Rundgren, to Pink Floyd (circa 'A Momentary Lapse Of Reason'), and some Gentle Giant ('Thoughts'), but it was the vocal prowess of the band which simply amazed the local crowd. Lead man Neal Morse and crew knew how to put on a professional show from note one, and they delivered big time. Their set was spread evenly between songs from their debut and included a couple of new pieces -- the vocally accessible 'June' and 'In the Mouth Of Madness.' It was by far the best attended show in the series to date (178 unofficial) and has helped give momentum for more acts to come.