Phil Yates and the Affiliates with Yurt and 1881 at the Monkey House July 16, 2016   Leave a comment

Yurt at The Monkey House July 16 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Yurt at The Monkey House July 16 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music Saturday night at The Monkey House. It was one of those classic shows where there was one band I knew and loved, one that I was eager to check out and one that I knew nothing about.

It had been a long work day but around 8:30 I took the long walk to Winooski. I arrived just about 9pm and got in and settled. At 9:15 YURT took the stage. They are a quartet from Bozeman Montana and feature Marlo Kapsa on vocals, keys and guitar, Shane Lavers on vocals, guitar, keys, samples and electronic percussion, Crista on bass and Olivia Kesterson on drums. The show began with Marlo singing sweetly and playing keys as the band played low-fi indie rock. She switched to guitar for the second song and that set the tone for the night as she and Shane traded vocals and guitars and keys. All of the songs would fall into a pleasant groove then move to a different rhythm and they were all a beautiful challenge to keep up with. The songs had a simple sound despite the moving complexity and it kept me transfixed. The bass playing had a raw dirty feel and the drumming began the set sounding unassuming but became a powerhouse by the end. The songs began with a low-fi sound but seemed to be more full sounding as the set progressed. Their 10 song 45 minute set was a pure joy and they ended the night with a rhythmic keyboard piece where Shane gave up banging on the keys and banged on one of Olivia’s drums, until the middle of the song where they switched places while continuing to play. I feel richer for being able to hear their music.

 

 

1881 at The Monkey House July 16 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

1881 at The Monkey House July 16 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I have been playing some of 1881s songs on my radio show on WBKM and was really excited to catch them live. They did not disappoint. They hit the stage playing some Beatlesesque pop rock songs and sounded great. I’m not sure who all of the band members are but I think Rob Slater sang and played acoustic guitar, Winfield Holt played electric guitar, they had a bass player, a keyboard player and Seth Gundersen filled in on drums. They played a bunch of hit songs including the delightful Sometime Next Week. I get a Beatles vibe from them but there is a lot more going on too. When they pulled out a cover of All Day And All Of The Night I realized another of their influences. The couple of songs after that departed a bit from their usual sound, and had a more dark and moody feel and I really liked them. They closed the 9 song 45 minute set with a more classic hit pop song and I just loved their set. It will be fun to see where they go as a band.

 

 

Phil Yates and the Affiliates  at The Monkey House July 16 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Phil Yates and the Affiliates at The Monkey House July 16 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

There was a super quick changeover then Phil Yates & The Affiliates hit the stage. They were wrapping up a short tour and the band was super tight. Phil Yates sings and plays guitar and has a really nice voice and lovely quirky lyrics. Raph Worrick rocks the bass through all of the fun changes. Jacob Blodgett has a nice touch on the drums and sounds great whether the band is playing a slow song or rocking hard. Kevin Stevens lead guitar playing is sweet and precise and takes the songs in interestingly delightful places. They began the set with a fast and rocking version of Burn Burn Burn. They eased back a bit for Masterpiece then played the fun new song My Favorite Bag. It’s very catchy, but that can be said for so many of Phil’s songs. The pace kicked back into overdrive for a blistering Little French Earthquakes. They eased back a bit for another new song that Phil said had allusions to Elliot Smith. The rock picked up with Might As Well Settle and then they eased back a little with She Has Your Name. Teeth Or Pedal followed and has a fun riff. Co-Pilot sounded great as did I Am A Hatchet. They kicked back into high gear for a ripping Burn It Down Bernadette and kept rocking hard with Ninja’s VS Zombies. They closed the 13 song hour long set with a cover of The Replacements song I Will dare and fun was had by all.

I hung out and chatted for a bit, but soon took the long walk home. I was pretty drained but elated to realize how much great music is out there.

 

 

Phil Yates and the Affiliates  at The Monkey House July 16 2016 pic by Tim Lewis  2

Phil Yates and the Affiliates at The Monkey House July 16 2016 pic by Tim Lewis 2

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