I had a great time seeing music last week The Monkey House. I got out of work at 6, stopped home for a quick bite to eat then took the lovely walk to Winooski. There were quite a few people hanging out as I settled in. It was not a long wait until The Path hit the stage. With two guitar players, a bass player, drummer and a singer, they played some very intense hardcore punk. They opened with an instrumental and laid down a heavy groove. At the first chance they had to either keep it going or kick it another direction, they let it move in a new way. I could tell right away that this was going to be an exceptional band. The singer joined on the next song and he screamed the vocals with punk fury. The show was short but every song was powerful and fun. The singer described them in between songs and someone in the audience mentioned that there was no way to tell what the words were. Someone from the stage said they were in the band and didn’t know what the lyrics were. Someone from the audience asked them to turn up the lyrics. The band just soldiered on with blistering classic song after song, until they called it a night. It was a truly great half hour, or so, of music.
After a bit of a break Better Things hit the stage. Their well crafted indie rock songs rock hard and were lots of fun. They play as a four-piece with two guitar/singers, bass and drums. The vocals have a nice melodic blend and the songs move nicely at a brisk pace. I did not know any of the songs that they played, but have since purchased the new song “Stick That In Your Juicebox and Sip It” and have enjoyed the video. I really enjoyed their set and must see them more often.
Up next Slingshot Dakota took the stage. They are just a drums and keys/vocals duo but put our a tremendous sound and a ton of energy in a short time. They opened with the great new song Paycheck from their wonderful new album Break. The song is sweet and passionate and has nice changes and has had me humming it for weeks. They stayed with the new album for most of the show with great versions of Monocacy, Doreen and You. They tossed in a couple from the previous album Dark Hearts. I loved every twist and turn in the music and every ear-splitting note. Tom Patterson is a bombastic drummer and Carly Comando belts out the songs with her voice and fills the room with delightful and earth-shattering keys. The sound is huge and loud and has a beautiful melodic flow. I can’t say enough wonderful things about Slingshot. Again, their set was really short, but was so incredibly sweet.
At that point I was getting tired but had enough left to hang out for the last band, Tyler Daniel Bean. The last time I saw him he played solo acoustic, but this time he had a full band. He played guitar and sang and was joined by another guitarist, bassist and drummer. They played cool indie rock songs that I really enjoyed. The band were really good but the drummer was outstanding. I really enjoyed his performance for the short and fun show.
After they wrapped up I said a quick goodbye to Carly and bought a shirt since supporting bands who travel is an important thing. The long walk home was filled with joy and lovely memories of great music.