Wren Kitz, Appalled Eagles, and Xiu Xiu at Club Metronome September 22, 2017   Leave a comment


Xiu Xiu pic by Luke Awtry Photography

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Friday at Club Metronome. It was one of those shows where I did not know the headlining band but I took a chance since it had been way to long since I had caught up with Wren Kitz, He was joined by Lauren Costello on cello and a bass player and a drummer. They began with an oddly beautiful pop song that may have gone I see the light I see the light… They began another cool song then let it drop into one of those magical middle sections where anything could happen. I think the drummer’s name was Ron and he had a Nick Mason flow as the bass and cello drove the music onward and Wren extracted all manner of sounds from his many electronic devices. At one point he switched from electric guitar to acoustic but it was heavily amplified and the resulting sound was almost as loud and intense as when Bob Mould played an “acoustic” show at Metronome so many years ago. The music continued to drift and swirl and Wren switched back to the electric and they finished the song or started another. It was a bit hard to tell since I had such a lovely time getting lost. It started with a slow electronic beat then the drums took over and they began to rock then eased back into the slow beat then built it back again and rocked the set to a close. It was a magical experience.



Wren Kitz pic by Luke Awtry Photography

Appalled Eagles took the stage next and played a set of electronic dance music with chaotic keyboards, a guy who played keys and effects and trumpet, and an electric guitar and drums. The songs all had an infectious subtly shifting beat with keys layered over the top. The drum both complimented and diverted from the beats and the guitar threw a little fire into the sound. The songs were instrumentals and the third one had a Middle Eastern feel and the trumpet sounded nice in the musical flow. Lee Anderson left his keys at the beginning of the fourth song and spoke about how much his family has sacrificed to our country and how painful it is to see what is happening now and how we should all become soldiers for love and soldiers for art and continually create a wonderful world. They closed with a song about being angry with the news and the drummer was especially amazing.



Appalled Eagles pic by Luke Awtry Photography

Xiu Xiu was a Jamie Stewart who sang and played electric guitar and Angela Seo who played drums and other percussion instruments. They started with a quiet song with both playing some keys but from the second song on, things got pretty bombastic. While most drummers sit and play, it was like she was doing an elaborate dance and the end result of each move was a strike to the drum, or whichever instrument she chose. Stewart sang indie rock songs with a rich tone though the lyrics were tough to catch. Some were mellow and some were intense and a couple of times both launched into attacking their cymbals to create cacophony. They played a 16 song set and closed with a song that had a bit of a Veterans Of The Psychic Wars vibe. An encore was heavily demanded and they played a final song about the moonlight.

I left quickly after the last note rang out and took the lovely walk home.

Thanks Luke Awtry Photography for the pictures!!



Xiu Xiu pic by Luke Awtry Photography



Posted October 1, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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