Swale at Light Club Lamp Shop July 7, 2017   Leave a comment

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Swale pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

I had a great time seeing music Friday night at Light Club Lamp Shop. I had to work until 7 then hung out at home for a bit and met up with Christopher Larrow, who drove over from New York. We arrived comfortably before 9 and the room was already full. I got a drink and got settled as the already steamy room became more packed. We were all there to celebrate the release of SWALE‘s new album There’s No One Here and there were a lot of us.

A little after 9 the band hit the stage and lit into a musical flow that I think was Here’s Where You Were. It flowed nicely into the poppy and sweet Felon. The band rocked solidly on the fun Release Your Records then went back to the bouncy pop of Loser and Elevator. They veered away from the new album for the mellow Beaten Down and I loved the sting in the guitar at the end. The next two were pretty cool and I did not recognize them so I just listened and enjoyed. One was named after Eric’s grandfather. They brought the music up to full speed for Everyone Likes To, then took a short break, likely for hydration and air or something like that. When they came back they were joined by a four-piece horn section. The instrumental album opener I’ll Start By Opening sounded sweet and the horns really gave it a lift. Swale rocked hard on All Down Tonight then eased up for the gorgeous Wooden Heart. The horns made it sound as fantastic as it does on the record. The slow build of Every Last One Of Us began and they brought it up to epic levels and let it ease off while steadily chanting “we can all be that way.” The horns left at that point and the band played a ripping version of Drug Laws. A heavy rocking Joyless followed then they eased way back for a simmering Black Boys On Mopeds. They brought the energy back up with a powerful version of If You Get Lost. Eric said to shut off all the microphones except Amanda’s and she let her inner Ozzy emerge on Faeries Wear Boots and the band made Sabbath proud.

They had played right up to their cut off time so they began to disassemble the stage while most of us wandered outside into the cool air. It was a hot sweaty steamy show with gentle lows and blistering highs and everything you could want in a rock show.

Thanks for the pictures Luke Awtry Photography  All pictures in this post are from Luke

 

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Posted July 9, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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