Ryan Ober And The Romans, Happy Spangler, and The Nancy Druids at The Monkey House December 14, 2018   Leave a comment

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Ryan Ober And The Romans pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Fridays ago at The Monkey House. It was in the middle of the heavy work season, but I had been missing cool shows and pushed myself out the door at the last minute and took the long walk to Winooski. I got in and settled as Ryan Ober and The Romans kicked off the set with a song about how it used to be. With a cool bluesy indie rock sound, the band oozed talent. I felt better about not knowing several of the songs when Ryan said half of the set was new. They played a sparkly song with an indie vibe then let loose a big rocker that may have been about a shady operator. They played a cool medium paced rocker about making it up then went a bit country for a song about life from the time I was two. Supernatural had a cool vibe that was fun to get lost in then they took us to Californ-i-a. The next one rocked and the one after took a bluesy turn. They capped the show with a rocker that sounded like a freight train driving through. Ryan flew off the stage and around the room for a bit before returning and rocking it to the end. What a great show.

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Happy Spangler pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Happy Spangler took the stage. Their indie rock sound has hints of blues and classic rock and their songs are fun and inviting. They opened with an epic I Brought You Flowers But You Wanted Drugs that put the room in a happy place. Sean Toohey from the Druids heard something wrong and rushed to the stage to make an adjustment to the bass amp and Kirk Flanagan tossed in a lyric about thanking Sean for the assist. That’s so Burlington. Spangler followed with a cheery song about not needing you or needing anything, then they played one about what fell outta my head. Hawks has a solid rock sound with a couple of spacey parts in the middle and is one of my favorites. Barbara tossed in a few hawk screams at appropriate times, which just added to the fun. She is really coming into her own as a bass player and it was fun to watch her begin to stalk the stage. They said they would never let me go then then said Dave doesn’t live here anymore. Kirk switched to a mini guitar with a huge sound for Bit O Honey and stayed with it for the song about how the door flew open and you blew in. All night long Michael Bradshaw had been killing it on the drums, but for the next one he sang too. I’m not sure what it was, maybe a Big Star cover or something. Kirk resumed vocals on the next one and they took us on a ride in the Golden Caddy. That is such a fun song. They rocked out another then brought Sean up to play bass for the last song. Barbara sang some of the lead with Kirk, and the song was a super fun punk rocker about a Scandinavian business called Bik Bok (sp???). It was great.

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Happy Spangler pic by Tim Lewis

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Happy Spangler with Sean Toohey pic by Tim Lewis

After a short set The Nancy Druids took the stage. They sang about the Sky that’s all around us then lit into December. The last time I saw them they scaled the sound back a little for more of an acoustic set. This night was them at peak power and they rocked hard. I Can’t Remember Who You Were has a killer Ann Mindell drum part and a huge rock sound. Just Another Day is a heavy stomp that ends with Sean ripping it up on guitar. They played dreamy rock pop on By Design, Salvation and one about life since you left me. They took The Space Between to epic heights with more of Sean’s stunning guitar work. John Franklin found a nice groove to open Bitter Days and the band dove in and filled the song with glee. They played the breezy Vondle Park (sp???) and capped the night with the blistering Halo.

I didn’t hang out long, since I had to work in the morning, and took the long lovely walk home. What a beautiful night of music in our town.

 

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The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

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