Grand, Humble Hero, and Mr Doubtfire at Nectar’s August 21, 2017   Leave a comment

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Grand pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Monday night at Nectar’s. The show said doors at 9 and one of the bands said they were on a 9 so I got there close to 9 and found a lovely spot to sit in the window as the last band finished sound checking.

It was about 9:30 when Grand began playing fast punk indie rock. Their songs are super-catchy and have lots of energy. They opened with Look Out Below then played a song about most of the Vermonters that they meet. Everybody Wants To Get You High is such a fun song. They played a song about wanting to keep me alive then slowed down a bit for Don’t Put Me Down, I’m Coming Around. They were at full throttle for Good Times and Another Day Closer To Nothing. They spoke of a friend who had committed suicide and implored everyone to talk to someone if they ever feel that way, then played a song that said I can’t feel anything. They played a song about the one that got away and a song about going out. They played a song about being too old to be able to rock. I liked it. I didn’t understand it but I liked it. All through the set Aaron kept the audience engaged with fun stories and quips but for the last song he walked to the front of the stage and began gently playing guitar. He began to sing without a microphone. The audience came in close and stayed at the front of the stage even after he moved back to the mic and the band built the song about his feelings into an epic. That ended the set and added to the list of great performances that I have been lucky enough to experience when seeing Grand.

Up next was a band that I knew nothing about so I was excited to see what they had. Humble Hero began playing loud and fast and sang a song that went She’s in love with L. Ron Hubbard and there’s no place for me. I was completely hooked. They definitely had a punk sound but there was something else that I could not quite grasp. Maybe it was a prog or metal vibe but either way, they sounded great. Guitarist Dave O’Leary sang most of the songs but bassist Jerry Passalacqua sang a couple as Mike Richard drove the songs hard on drums. They played songs like Playground, Drowning, and Poverty. They played a song about the CIA and one about Prayers. They played one about Hollywood and ended the 10 song set with the mini-epic We Govern The Breeze. I really liked their set and want to see them again soon.

 

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Humble Hero pic by Tim Lewis

Mr. Doubtfire came on next and regaled us with their super-high energy indie rock sound. They opened with a song about walking away and stopping and staring. They played songs about Choo Choo Choosing us and about apathy. They played a song that went that’s what I call a getaway and rocked out There’s A Problem. It was late but they rocked out a few more and ended close to midnight. I always have fun when they play.

I hung out and chatted for a bit then took the lovely walk home with a song in my heart and my head feeling like I’d been put through a sonic wringer.

 

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Mr Doubtfire pic by Tim Lewis

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Posted August 23, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows, Uncategorized

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