My first ever indie gig in North America! It might have been a modest affair at the LoFi Performance Gallery in Seattle but there was genuinely exciting music making going on in this low key event. It was $6 at the door and the crowd in attendance was sparse on a Wednesday night but there was no mistaking the passion the three bands had for their music.
I was particularly impressed by The Crush, who actually sounded even better as a live outfit! A very tight performance marked out by Jacob’s astute guitar playing, Daniel’s timely drumming & Kira’s stage presence. And the songs were good fun – flavored with melodic color and powerpop flair – the kind of wonderful pop music nobody seems to make anymore. Jacob worked his red Rickenbacker perfectly, optimizing its use with Byrdsy arpeggios, Paul Weller crunch & Mike Campbell virtuosity – a handy package to possess! Guess you could say I have a crush on The Crush! Haha!! (Facebook)
Before The Crush, new band SSNACKSS made their debut performance playing a style that comes across between 80s post-punk and 90s grunge. Guitarist Matt Wingert brought the noise, drummer Michael Domingo truly put his back into his playing whilst frontman Tariq Khan looked bemused to be on stage, bellowing his barely audible lyrics in a vocal mash-up of Ian McCulloch, Michael Stipe & Ian Curtis! Lanky bassist Mary X was perhaps the standout musician on the night, powering the band forward with her metallic licks. An intriguing proposition all told. (Soundcloud)
Echo Ravine completed the night’s festivities with a form that suggested arty experimentation. Between Sean Foe’s atmospheric guitar work and Emily Koo’s ethereal vocals and almost world music-like percussion, it took a little more thought to appreciate what the duo were trying to accomplish. That said, the cover of CSNY’s “Ohio” was left-field to say the least. However, once the groove was established, it felt like a dream you didn’t want to wake up from. (Official Website)
Overall, I felt pretty chuffed to have been able to experience that love for music translated into heartfelt artistic expressions displayed by the three bands. I guess that’s what it’s all about, eh?