The Parts and Phil Yates & The Affiliates at Manhattan Pizza January 20, 2017   Leave a comment

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Phil Yates and the Affiliates pic by Luke Awtry photography

 

I had a great time seeing music last Friday at Manhattan Pizza and Pub. It was one of those classic shows that featured a band I knew nothing about, other then they had been playing around a bit, and one that I loved.

I took the lovely walk downtown, got in and settled and it was not long until The Parts began to play. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen John Rogone play drums somewhere before, know a little about singer/guitar player Danny LeFrancois, and have seen Jason Pappas play with Eastern Mountain Time. It felt like an opportunity to see them all play together. I’m not quite sure how to describe their sound. The first song sounded not unlike the Knack if they took a foray into jam. Many of the songs had country overtones, although a couple were almost pure country. There was definitely a psychedelic edge running through the guitar on many of the songs. The first couple were pretty cool and the third was a fun quirky instrumental jam. The fourth was almost a grunge song. They rocked a song about having a lover on a sunny day then went a little country for the one about starting to doubt you. They went really country for The Dukes Of Hazzard theme song. Since it was inauguration day, Dan ripped out a super psychedelic Star Spangled Banner that was glorious. They played a song that had a Crazyhearse vibe and a spacey country song with a Wilco vibe. They jammed out the mostly instrumental song that followed and closed their set by bringing up Sean Hood to co-sing Achy Breaky Heart with Dan. I’m not a fan of the song, but their vocal interplay caught everyone in the room. It was remarkable.

 

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The Parts pic by Tim Lewis

During the set break I chatted with Luke Adam and a few others and Dan bought me a beer, and I was in a happy place.

Soon after, Phil Yates & The Affiliates hit the stage and rocked it hard. I missed the name of the opening song, though am sure I should know it. For the second song, and in honor of inauguration day, they played a fun version of Camper Van Beethoven’s Take The Skinheads Bowling. It just seemed so right and sounded so great. Burn Burn Burn followed then they offered Three Cheers. They continued with songs such as I’m Thrilled and the quieter If Only I Was Lonely. Flicker was fun then they picked it up to full throttle with Ninjas Vs Zombies. They played the newish Favorite Bag then rocked super hard on Burn It Down, Bernadette. I missed the name of the next one, something about making it happen, then followed with the magnificent Little French Earthquakes. She Has Your Name had that gorgeous sound and both Co-Pilot and Masterpiece were lovely. They let out their inner Lizzie Borden on I Am A Hatchet. They rocked out The Replacements classic I will Dare then played the newish California Song. Might As Well Settle was another great rocker and I think they closed with The Pogues Tuesday Morning.

I left shortly after the last note, since I had to be at work in the morning and it was 1am. It was a wonderful time and I’m so happy I went out.

 

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Phil Yates and the Affiliates pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Jacob Blodgett from the Affiliates playing the glowing drumsticksĀ  pic by Tim Lewis

 

Below are more pics by Luke Awtry Photography

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Posted January 27, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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