The High Breaks at Foam Brewers April 15, 2017   Leave a comment

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The High Breaks pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music at Foam Brewers on Friday night. I got out of work at 7, ate a little food and took the lovely walk to the waterfront. The sun was setting and lighting up Lake Champlain as I entered the room and got in the beer line.

The High Breaks jumped onto the stage, as if it was a three-man surf board, and rode a wave they call The Big One. Clad in gray suits and sunglasses, after the first song Matthew Bryan Hagen announced that they would be giving away many pairs of sunglasses between songs with the promise that we would all wear them, at least on the one featured song He reached into the box, grabbed a pair and simply held them out. We stepped forward one at a time and took a pair until that round was done. The band rocked out Woody and then handed out more glasses. They continued the theme of playing songs like Surf Train, Sink Or Swim, Banana Seat, Wet Suit Diver, and Dark And Stormy Seas and followed each with more hand outs. Matt told the usual fun stories between the songs. The surf rock music was expertly played with intense bass runs by Kevin Lynam, Matt’s super fluid guitar playing and the over the top madman drumming of Todd Gevry. They rode a Voodoo Wave and went through the swelling and receding of Ankle Breaker. They taught us how to do the Boardwalk Boogie and had us put on the glasses for Shifty. They ran that into a fun rocker and ended set one.

The set break was long enough to get another Halo Bender and chat with a couple of people. The band came back and played a couple of cool songs then acted like Hot Dogs. They pulled out a little Surf Sabbath on Hole In The Sky then took us to the Salty Shore. We all Dropped In and found ourselves going on a Whirlpool Ride. Surviving that treacherous journey we sat back on the beach and enjoyed the Coconut Breeze. The next song was fun and followed by A Walk On Ballard Beach. They ventured into a new territory for the next couple then mashed Penetration and Sweet Leaf together. We took a ride on the Sea Chopper and they capped the night with a shot of Tequila.

The band are very intense and fun at the same time. I basked in the afterglow for a moment or two, said a couple of quick goodbyes then took the long uphill walk home.

 

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The High Breaks pic by Tim Lewis

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Posted April 16, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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