Camp Howard and The Dead Shakers at Light Club Lamp Shop May 30, 2017   Leave a comment

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Camp Howard pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Tuesdays ago at Light Club Lamp Shop. It was one of those long work days that I somehow got through. I had wanted to see Ellen Degenerates again, but really did not want to go out, but stepped up my game and got myself out the door. I knew there was a chance that I would miss them anyway but the walk to the lamp shop is pretty quick so I just went for it.

As I entered the venue I ran into Kevin Bloom and chatted for a moment before getting a drink and listening to Camp Howard. They are an indie rock band from Richmond Virginia who play fun and challenging music. The first song that I caught had a nice sweep to it but every time it changed it went in a way I never would have guessed. This set the precedent for the rest of the show. Fortunately, every member of the band committed to all of the crazy changes and everything hung together well and they were really fun. The second song rocked harder than the first and may have been about heartache. The fifth song I caught started like a straight up rock song and careened into improbability. Later in the set they had a song with a surf noir sound in the late middle and a tag line of I don’t understand what it’s all about. They closed with a song that had an ’80;s synth pop sound. It was so much fun trying to figure out where the songs would go and being wrong every time. I really enjoyed their show.

 

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The Dead Shakers pic by Tim Lewis

 

During the set break I realized I had missed Ellen but was into hanging out and seeing another band I knew nothing about. Kevin, and a small orchestra, took the stage. He sang and played guitar and was joined by another guitar player (Walker?), Josh Shedaker on bass, a drummer, a percussionist who played a second snare and other things, a cello player, a sax player and a guy who played a shaker. Collectively known as The Dead Shakers they opened with a long epic instrumental with galloping drums and an icy cello soaked with reverb. The second song was a cheery number about an insane asylum in Medford and rocked hard forever. I realized that all of the songs were going to be long jams with more structure and drama than a “jam band” would have. The third song had an eerie feel that made me think of the middle of Echoes before it fell into the sledgehammer rocked out ending. The next song had an Echoes feel as well and maybe a hint of Moby Dick and featured some cool slide cello. The last song of the night had a bit of a Doors or Tragically Hip feel and rocked super hard at the end. I really loved every moment of their show and want to see them again as soon as I can.

I hung out for a bit and said hi to the bartender and chatted with Sheddy then took the short and happy walk home. I’m so glad I put in the effort.

 

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The Dead Shakers pic by Tim Lewis

 

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The Dead Shakers pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Posted June 9, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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