Sad Turtle, Zeus Springsteen, and Black Rabbit at The Monkey House December 30, 2017   Leave a comment

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Sad Turtle pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Saturday at The Monkey House. I was hanging out with Mike Luoma and we both wanted to go so we bundled up and took the long walk to Winooski. We arrived just in time to settle in a bit then Sad Turtle hit the stage with a huge rock sound. I’m usually good about knowing the songs or picking out part of the lyric and figuring it out but Turtle play all instrumentals so I just went with it and rocked hard. The songs find fun grooves that you can loose yourself in and suddenly something subtle changes and it feels like you get lost, then the whole song moves into it’s next section. It’s a cool thing to experience. They played a bunch of their album Ruthless And Toothless but did play a new song called Nautical By Nature which was really fun. Singer and Keyboard played Mike Fried announced some of the song titles so they definitely played Giddyup! and The Marbled Rye. Another new song called The Aquatic Sounds of ZuZu Crew (?) was especially great. They closed the set with Detective Norman and the crowd was having a wonderful time.

 

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Zeus Springsteen pic by Luke Awtry Photography

Up next, it was time for Zeus Springsteen to release their new album and rock us hard. They started with a full rich indie-prog vibe and sounded great for most of the night. They said the first song, the old Lobot song Lights Of Montreal, was a soundcheck but it sounded perfect all the way through. They continued on with I’ll Find You Dindone Fontaine then hit us hard with Signal Loss. Rental was amazing then they pulled out a really old song called LL Landlord (?). The next song had a huge epic 5 years of Bowie kind of sound and I loved every moment of it. Car Bomb kept us rocking and then they dropped in a cover of Madman Across The Water. Everything Will Be Eventual started well until a problem developed with the snare drum. Jeremy Gartner ran out and got his and the show went on. They played a couple of cool songs then rocked our Your Funeral. Somewhere in there the guitar pedal went and they scrambled to get the sound back. They did and closed the night with What’s Inside A Thing. The show ended a bit on the rough side but sounded so fantastic for most of it that I still had to buy a copy of the new album on a cassette with no tape and just had a swing out USB,

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The Zeus Springsteen album pic by Tim Lewis

Black Rabbit came up next and eased into the show with BS Passes then rocked the new song Prime. Sayanora saw them at full punk rock fury and they stayed that way for Mark My Words. Nicky Says kept it rocking and Quiet Down didn’t quiet anything down at all. The Original Original is a full speed rocker then they eased back a little into the cool groove of Too Good. The Invisibles rocked hard and got me thinking about the X-Files and I think the next one was another new song called Jumble. Neutrino told the tale of everyone’s favorite Papa and It’s Cold was highly appropriate. They pulled out a cover of Husker Du’s Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely then played another new one maybe called The Shutout. They closed the set with the 5/4 song that everyone loves called Carnage. They were ready to go but the audience was not so they came back and rocked out Neighborhood. It was another great show from Rabbit.

At some point Mike had taken off. I did not stay late and took the long and lovely walk home.

Thanks for the pictures Luke Awtry Photography 

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Black Rabbit pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

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