Swale and Gestalt at The Skinny Pancake March 17, 2018   Leave a comment

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Gestalt pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Saturdays ago at The Skinny Pancake Burlington. I took the lovely walk downtown and got in and settled. I chatted with some cool people and soon enough, it was time for the show.

Gestalt took the stage and shared their old school low-fi indie rock. As they settled in they reminded me of Burlington bands from the early ’90’s, but as they kept going they added a romantic sweep to the sound. My notes didn’t catch much of what the songs were about, but a between song commentary about the coming of spring was endearing. Right before the end of the set bassist/singer Meredith Davey told the audience that we had to go do something nice for someone else and that nobody was exempt. You’ve got to love that. They played one more cool song and called it a set. I need to see them again.

It was not a long break, then SWALE took the stage. They began with a slow version of Felon then bopped along with Waiting For You. Golden Crutch was searing and Soul Piggy Bank was as poignant as always. They played a mellow version of Old School then rocked a bit on Loser. They picked up the pace with Release Your Records and rocked hard on Jack Sharp. All Down Tonight had a great groove and a rocking ending. They rocked Cancer nice and hard and eased up for a gorgeous version of Bird In A Cage. They stayed a bit mellow for Beaten Down and ramped back up with Joyless. Elevator was painfully beautiful and Safe To Say soared through the room. Drug Laws surged with full fury. Someone requested some Black Sabbath (Scott Decker?) and they played an amazing version of Hand Of Doom. They brought the music back to top speed for Everyone Likes To then called it a night.

I hung out for a bit and chatted with Luke Adam and Andriana Chobot then took the long lovely walk home.

 

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Swale pic by Tim Lewis

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Posted April 2, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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