Swale at the BCA Center in Burlington, VT October 30, 2013   Leave a comment

I had a great time seeing Swale last night. They played to a small crowd who were (mostly) not watching the Red Sox win the World Series (there was a score check in the middle of the set).

The low lit room, filled with colored lights and art on the walls, had some droning rock playing as Swale set up. Dressed in black, with pointy witch hats, they mixed themselves into a slowly surging Armadillo, and we were on our way. It mixed into Faineant, which built the energy without going over the top. Waiting followed with a slow burn intensity, then they kicked it into full gear with a blistering Everyone Likes To Fight. They played a cool newish tune and a slow cover that I did not know. They ramped it back up for a full on fired up Popular Crowd. The set ended. with a stunning War Pigs and they really jammed the instrumental parts hard.

Part of me wanted to stick around and see what James Belizia and Heloise were up to, but she’s usually a bit more dancy, and after Swale’s stunning set, I was done. What a fantastic hour of music!

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