Near North, Black Rabbit, and The Mountain Says No at The Monkey House October 7, 2017   1 comment

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Near North pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Saturday at The Monkey House. I met up with Nathan Curtis and we headed out for what I thought was a doors at 8:30 show at 9 night of music. We arrived just before 9 and The Mountain Says No were on and playing Statistik. Fortunately, the bartender was fantastic and I was in front of the band for the last third of the song. They sounded heavy and powerful and fantastic. King Grifter rocked hard and had soaring vocals. They followed with a new fast heavy thunderous song that may be called If You Lie. They eased back a tiny amount for the moody 3,000 Incubators. Restaurant always rocks hard but it took an extra heavy turn at the end. They sped up the beginning of Who Could say then closed the set with a new song with a heavy beginning and end and a moody middle section. I think might be Light Bright Lord since I got a peek at the set list after the show. I think I just missed Machu Piccu, but really should have been there for every glorious moment.

 

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The Mountain Says No pic by Tim Lewis

Nate and I hung outside at the tables for the set break, but soon some sound came from the stage and I rushed inside. Black Rabbit began a little slow with the searing BS Passes that has that easy to sing chorus. They followed with a fast heavy Mark My Words and we were off. They played a super fun new song with wonderful Darlene Scarano backing vocals. Per setlist.fm it was called Prime. They rocked out Too Good then thanked Bill Mullins and Dee Claw and played a fantastic version of the Persian Claws song Flypaper. I was elated. Another new song called The Shutout was great and had a let me in let me out vibe. The Original Original rocked furiously then they eased back for another new song called Quiet Down. They spoke a little about being sad about the passing of Grant Hart and played a set of Husker Du Covers. What’s Going On, Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely, and Turn On The News were fantastic. They went back to their songs for a blistering Double Line then rocked out another new song called Jumble. They closed the set with Sayonara and I was so psyched that they have so much great new music. New album soon?

 

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Black Rabbit pic by Tim Lewis

I chatted with a bunch of cool people, inside and out then heard music begin and rushed back inside. Near North were there to release their new album Most Every Night, and release it they did. They opened with Come Kiss Me then played the full album all the way through. The album has a nice rock sound and all the songs sounded great onstage. Get Loud had some sweet guitar work. Gone was slow and gorgeous. Saved had an especially nice Rickenbacker bass sound. The tenth and final song on the album, Dead Inside (Really Alive) rocked nicely and kept me in a happy place. They followed with a new song that may be called Ghost. From there they played a song about how I’ll never be the way you want and followed with a song with a dramatic rock opening. They played a song about waking up and being one with the floor and played one about a pile driver. They played a new song called Skylight and used a drop D to sound a bit more metal. They closed the 21 song set with a song about how it’s your heart that is broken and not mine. The whole show was pretty epic.

It was late so we headed out quickly. Nate dropped me at home and I was happily asleep shortly thereafter. What a great night.

 

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Near North pic by Tim Lewis

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Posted October 18, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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