Clever Girls and Ratboys at Sidebar July 8, 2017   Leave a comment

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Clever Girls pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at SideBar. I worked a 9-5:30 shift that was particularly challenging. I stopped at home for a bit and settled. I contemplated making two stops for the evening, since Cricket Blue and another band were playing at the Lamp Shop at 7, but realized it would be too tight to make it to the 8pm show that I had in mind. I was slow to get moving but got out the door around 7:30. It had rained all day but was sunny with blue skies so I thought I could skip the umbrella. I stepped out and it was raining so I stepped back in and grabbed it and took the lovely walk downtown. I swung by Mr. Mikes for a slice of Pesto then went one door down to the venue.

I got in and said a couple of hellos and ate as quickly as I could but the band were on a mission and took the stage. Clever Girls unleashed a screamed 1 2 3 4 and Loose Tooth rocked the reasonably full bar. They slowed things down for the intense 45 but towards the end that song just soars. A newer song called Catch And Release followed and I loved it as much as the last time I saw it. I did not recognize the next song but loved every note. The next song was called Get Out and had a smooth verse and a towering chorus. The final song of the night was called Hannah and it had a similar dynamic. Their songs are so beautiful and so intense and seem to always have a huge rock build to them. I loved every moment and want to go see them again soon.

 

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Ratboys pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Ratboys came to visit us here in Vermont. They are from Chicago and are an indie rock band with a loud heavy sound. All of the songs had a unique rhythm and it was fun to follow along and try and keep up. I did not know any of their songs but enjoyed them all. They played songs about a man who walked a long way through the Antarctic or Arctic. They played a song about a cat that passed away in winter and could not be buried until spring, so it had to be stored in the freezer. The played Westside and The Record. I’m not sure how long they played or how many songs and just went with the flow and enjoyed it. They were a lot of fun and I would go back and see them again in a heartbeat if they pass this way again.

After the show I chatted with Winfield Holt for a while and said hi to Diane Jean then took the long walk home. It wasn’t raining at the beginning but the further I got into the old north end, the more the umbrella came in handy.

 

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Posted July 9, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows, Uncategorized

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