J Bengoy and Swale at Arts Riot on Big Heavy World’s Rocket Shop   Leave a comment

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Swale pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Wednesdays ago at ArtsRiot. My mom passed away late on the Monday before so that Tuesday was a long stressful day. Wednesday was pretty rough too, and I needed a break from dealing with the details of our estate. My brother Ken felt the same way, so when I asked if he wanted to go out and see a show, he jumped at the chance.

I picked him up in Shelburne and drove back to town. We arrived a little early and had dinner at the restaurant/club. James Lockridge wanted a picture of me for Big Heavy World so we popped next door for a bit. Ken was impressed with the BHW room. We headed back to the club and got in and settled. The show was being broadcast live on 105.9FM The Radiator so at 8pm J Bengoy began to play. They had a laid back funky indie rock sound with a nice romantic sweep. I spent the first couple of songs getting to know them and really liked their sound. The third song started mellow and had a rocking middle. The lyric was something about I just can’t keep my head up. The 4th was a mid tempo rocker about how all my troubles, they stayed home. I think it was So Good (I Could Die). After that one, Tom from the station came to the stage and interviewed the band. When they wrapped that up the band rocked out a song called Reprise (Marthasville). I think it was about swimming and being pulled out by a rip tide and surviving. They closed with a song about silence rushing in that had a lush rocking ending. I will definitely have to check them out again.

 

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J Bengoy pic by Tim Lewis

There was a short setup break, then SWALE took the stage. They opened with spot on strong versions of Elevator and Felon. The super slow opening of Good Medicine made me smile. As the song built into a huge Eric Olsen guitar explosion, i was in heaven. After that, Tom came to the stage and interviewed the band. When that was done, they rocked out an Arthur Russell song called I Couldn’t Say it to Your Face. (Thanks for the info about that song Tyler Bolles) They closed the night with the gentle build of Every Last One Of Us. Just before the steady chant of We Can All Be That Way began, Amanda Gustafson said it was for Carol Lewis. I cried quiet tears of joy and loss as they brought the song through the heavy Jeremy Frederick drum work into the full on rock fury, then let is slowly fall back into the quiet ending.

We hung out and chatted with some cool people for a bit then I drove Ken back to Shelburne, then drove myself back home. Sometimes you just need to get away, and I’ve always been lucky enough to have bands who will help. I cannot thank all of you musicians enough for making my life so much better.

Can you guess which picture is from Luke Awtry Photography and which two I took?

 

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Swale pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Posted April 17, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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