Swale and Thick Business at The Monkey House October 18, 2017   Leave a comment

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Swale pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Wednesday at The Monkey House. Rich Haskell stopped over at my house early in the evening and we watched a couple of live The Tragically Hip videos and lamented the passing of Gordon Downie. A little after 8 he gave me a ride toWinooski. I arrived a little before showtime and got in and settled. SWALE took the stage and began tuning up and the sound slowly coalesced into Waterlanding.. They played a searing version of that song. They followed with their new single Safe To Say and were completely locked in. Golden Crutch was smooth and elegant then they ramped up to full speed for Everyone Likes To. They played the super-fun Release Your Records and the achingly beautiful Felon. I was not sure of the next one, something about maybe it goes on, but it was just great. They laid into Drug Laws and rocked it for a deliciously long time. Elevator wrapped the set with an unsettling story set to gorgeous music. It was Swale at their very best from first note to last.

Up next was a band from Boise Idaho called Thick Business. They opened with a song about being right there with you that had an indie rock B-52’s vibe. I was quite impressed and not at all prepared for what was to come. The second song began with a jazzy Zappa vibe then the keys took over with an old Genesis sound. I was intrigued. The song went through many twists and turns and may have been a few songs seamlessly stitched together. Either way, they played it for a long time and I was captivated for every moment. They kept the sound going for a song about thinking about your heart that had a bit of a King Crimson vibe. They wrapped the night with something about being at the end of the game after you’ve had too many mushrooms. That one rocked hard and had a Sabbath vibe. While you could hear the influences of the bands listed above all the songs sounded like what I’m coming to know as the Thick Business sound. They were amazing and I feel lucky to have seen them. Going out to see random bands sometimes leads to these kinds of experiences and I’m so glad I was put in the effort. .

I did not stay long after the show then took the lovely walk home

 

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Thick Business pic by Tim Lewis

Posted October 24, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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