Swale and Soundbrother at ArtsRiot March 9, 2019   Leave a comment

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Swale

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at ArtsRiot. I got home from work around 6 then headed out the door a little before 8. The walking was icy in the Old North End but Church street was clear and I flew down at high speed. I slowed down a little as I approached the ice sheets on the sidewalks close to the club and made it in with plenty of time to spare. I hung out with a few cool people for a bit then headed to the front.

The lights went down and SWALE began slow with Beaten Down. They followed with the slow build of Every Last One Of Us and by the late middle part of the song they had a huge fierce rocking sound capped by a staggering Eric Olsen guitar lead. The song eventually slowed to a quiet end while the steady chant of we can all be that way faded away. It was breathtaking. They lit into Safe To Say and kept rocking us hard. They eased up for a slow moody song then played a new one called Shrug It Off. I think it’s about how we can all see all of the people that we’ve ever been. Elevator was bouncy and fun, even if the lyric was terrifying. If You Get Lost was huge and gorgeous then they played a new one. Eric sang all 6,000 paragraphs, well maybe there weren’t that many words, but there were a lot of words. I think it was about how your uncle is on the internet and how God is on the telephone. They wrapped the set with a sweet version of Felon and my swooning heart only got happier.

I chatted with some cool people during the set break, then it was time for SoundBrother to play some lovely music. I had seen Zach and Sam DuPont play before but never with their band. Both are great guitar player and singers and with Tyler Bolles keeping steady bass lines and Ezra Oklan hitting hard simple rhythms with perfect precision, the band had a gentle elegant feel. They began the show with Zach and Sam alternating electric and acoustic guitars and lead vocals. As the show progressed both played electric for a while. I did not know any of their songs but liked them all and loved the way the whole show sounded. They sang about believing it all and beating hearts. They sang about pictures from your mind and pictures found in closets. They played a “banger” that rocked nicely and followed with Centerpiece. They got a little cowpunk for a song called Broadcast and rocked out the ending. They played a slow rocker where Zach played a sweet slide then they played a song which they just released a video for. They closed the show with a song called Audio Hallucinations In The Key Of C which had a trippy soundscaped ending. It was a lovely show all the way around.

I did not hang out for very long after, and took the challenging walk home. I’m so glad I put in the effort.

 

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Soundbrother

 

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Posted March 11, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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