Back to local music or at least local music joined by smaller, lesser known bands. I reviewed Sex Glove less than a month ago, so this was a nice review session. They were followed by the Fling, out of Long Beach, California. Finally, the Knew from Denver closed down the bar. Across the board, it was an interesting shift of music: noisy psychedelia to laid back groove to dynamic rock.
Sex Glove, but before the show they mentioned that this set wouldn't be quite as edgy as their show with Action Friend. There was still a little thrash, but the punk elements were dialed back. They led off with Atheist Love Song, a slow groove with some Dave Gilmour style slide guitar and heavily echoed vocals. A version of this song is on their MySpace page. After this moody beginning, they kicked it up.
Their best song of the night was Introvert, which they later joked was their "hit". It should be. It was a hard driving song with echoed Peter Murphy vocals, bowed electric guitar, a bouncing bass line, and noisy keyboard patches. The effect was high energy psychedelic, especially as it grew into something like The End by the Doors.
Once again, the set was too short. Some minor technical difficulties and a full line up of bands didn't help. You'll have catch Sex Glove live because they don't have any recordings yet.
Wilburys, it makes sense. Listening to their EP, Ghost Dance, the George Harrison influence is even stronger, especially on songs like Get Back or Cold Comfort.
The vocal harmonies were a central part of the
The line up for most of the songs was two guitars, bass, and drums. The lead guitarist also played keyboard. Also, for a couple of songs, the bass player just played percussion and
I think the last song they played was Cold Comfort, which I heard on the EP. This song had a cool Beatles feel. The chords, bass and vocals sounded like I Want You (She's So Heavy) crossed with Glass Onion. This grindy jam also had elements of Supertramp. It was the best song of the set.
When the Knew took the stage, they owned the space. Tim Rynders (bass) and Tyler Breuer (guitar) danced around behind Jacob Hansen (lead vocals and guitar), half moshing. The constant movement kept the small audience rapt. Tim's attitude permeated the whole set. Nice bouncy rock numbers mixed it up with moodier songs, and they also threw in some country and blues. The drummer (Patrick Bowden) was steady, mostly keeping it simple, but still throwing in a few more interesting licks. He also played harmonica on a few songs.
The set was more varied than the Fling, hitting some good dynamics between driving rock and more laid back bits. The songs were interesting: good rock and roll without being simplistic. Even within the songs, they could shift the energy -- pulling back to make the faster sections stand out more.
Jacob's voice is a central element of the sound. Slightly nasal, it reminded me mostly of Marc Bolan from T Rex, with elements of Ryan Adams. Listening to their Boom Bust EP, I hear some Morrissey and Gomez, as well. At times, it was hard to understand the lyrics, but the energy was strong.
The guitar work was excellent, with some slick slide work and shimmery tone. Tyler had some parts that evoked the Edge's tone (from U2). The whole band had a great time on stage and they're worth catching live.
I was drinking Odells' IPA, which worked well - piquant hops and full body match well with a full night of bands.
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