I had a great time seeing music last night at Nectar’s. It was the second night of the Villanelles July residency and they had another great opening band.
I took the lovely walk downtown a little after 9 and arrived just after 9:30. I hung out for a bit, chatted with a coworker and his wife, said a quick hello to James Lockridge, and just after 10pm SWALE hit the stage. They set the tone for the night by opening with a new song, the one about cause and effect and it being a matter of time. It’s a really nice and catchy song. Next they went back to the first EP for a mellow version of Cancer then unleashed the slow burn of You Are Not The Photograph. Amanda Gustafson sang a gorgeous version of Soul Piggy Bank then they slowed the pace down even further with Old School. They kept things mellow for a bit with songs like Beaten Down and Release Your Records but then the rock started to build. Joyless started out rocking hard and went over the top when Eric Olsen let loose a towering guitar solo. Another new one with some intense lyrics followed. After that some gentle notes and very intense Jeremy Frederick drumming signaled the brilliant We Could All Be That Way. I love the way that begins so slow then climbs into a huge monster of a song and eases off at the end as the band repeat the title as if it were a mantra. Of course, that might not actually be the title of the song since it’s not recorded yet, but you get the idea. They wrapped the night with the blistering rocker Drug Laws and Tyler Bolles bass helped drive the song hard. Swale always put on a great show and last night, they were at the top of their game.
The set break was quick then Villanelles hit the stage and kept the place rocking. They opened with Jenny which is the closing song from their album Blue Heart Attack. They played most of the album and all the songs rocked hard. They played an older song called Parking Lot and tossed a cover of Dig A Pony without the My Sharona intro they used last week. They played a rocking 16 song set that went until 1am and closed the night with Kiss My Grits. Their set was so much fun, I may have to do it again next week.