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Sevenrepeat Plays To Nearly Empty Room at Sacramento State

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 It was an awkward afternoon for one-man electro rock band Sevenrepeat.

Sevenrepeat played to a virtually empty room at California State University, Sacramento, Wednesday as part of Sac State Unique’s weekly Nooner concert series.

About three students were in the room at any time, filtering in and out through the set. While Mac Valentine, the man who makes up Sevenrepeat, must have been disappointed, he didn’t give students a good reason to stay.

The sound was heavy and thick, comparable to Nine Inch Nails or a heavy Depeche Mode, but none of it was very creative. The music had droning beats and loops playing in the background as Valentine would add to the noise by playing a distorted guitar or keyboard.

Valentine’s voice was grating at times, and his guitar playing didn’t always seem to line up with the song’s rhythm. His uninspired lyrics and awkward meandering around the stage didn’t add to the experience. The songs bled drearily into each other without much contrast. The only thing that saved Sevenrepeat’s set from total boredom was the addition of audio clips of movies and news reports that played between certain songs.

The sparse audience was not very enthusiastic. Slava, a student who asked to be referred to by his first name and also the only student in the room at that point, simply shrugged when asked to comment on the set.

"I guess it’s interesting that it’s a one-person band," he said. "But all his songs sound the same. Maybe he should change it up a bit."

Sac State Unique Programs’ Wednesday Nooner series oftentimes has good shows, but this show left a bad impression of Sevenrepeat and his music.

Fortunately for Mac Valentine, virtually no one was there to witness it.

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