Cave Bees, Modern Trigger, Bearchild, Better Things at The Monkey House July 15, 2017   Leave a comment

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Cave Bees pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Saturday night at The Monkey House. It was one of those classic shows with two bands that I knew and loved and two that I new nothing about. It was a slightly warm lovely evening and the walk to Winooski went smoothly.

I got in and settled and around 8:45 Cave Bees hit the stage with a roar. With blistering volume and punk rock drive they opened with a song about a car and it’s 22R. Up next was a “new” one about rocking the Queen City tonight. They went back to their album for a powerhouse version of The Lunacy. They slowed down a little for the grinding I Need A Raise then ramped back to full speed for Round Sum. We in the crowd sang Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh on Flight Of the Alligator. Sweet Pussy rocked hard and Mine All Mine was fast and nimble. They closed the night with another “new” song called Juliet. It was a wonderful rocking set.

Up next was a band from New York called Modern Trigger. They played as a four-piece with singer/guitar player, rhythm guitar, bass, and drums. The songs had a nice indie punk sound and moved in fun directions. They opened with a song about the only one left to blame then played a song about feeling great about moving out of the futon in your basement. They played a song that said never again and may have been about Pee Wee Herman. They played a song called Time from their EP Forgiveness Is Divine but Never Pay Full Price For Late Pizza. The song about never asking for any of it had a nice sweep. They closed the eight song set with a song about outer space. The whole show was fun, rocking, full of harrowing changes, and I really liked them.

 

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Modern Trigger pic by Tim Lewis

Up next was another band from New York called Bearchild. They are a trio with a singer who alternates between keys and guitar, bass and drums. Their sound is smooth and powerful and still kind of indie rock. They began with a recorded piano intro and sang a song about who should be the ones. The next song was another rocker then Justin Williams switched to keys for a bit. He sang a song about what’s yours is mine and a nicely dramatic song called Fire And Smoke. He switched back to guitar and the band rocked out Rift. They closed the seven song set with and epic keyboard sound for Time Travel. I’m so lucky to have seen them.

 

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Bearchild pic by Tim Lewis

After a short break Better Things hit the stage fast and loud for 25 Miles Per Hour Blues. They played an intense and beautiful indie rock set. I didn’t catch the titles of the next two, but they had a huge sound and were played at maximum volume. They eased up a tiny amount for the gorgeous Ex-Files then played an instrumental version of a new song. It was pretty col. They closed the six song set with Stick That In Your Juicebox and Sip It then I started moving forward on the long walk home.

 

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Better Things pic by Tim Lewis

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