Lake Waves, The Silent Mile, Heavy Sleeper and Doom Service at The Monkey House September 3, 2019   Leave a comment

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Lake Waves

I had a great time seeing music last Tuesday at The Monkey House. It was set as a show with a band I really wanted to check out, one I had seen once and wanted to see again, one that I loved and one I knew nothing about.

I got out of work at 6, had a little time to eat and relax then took the lovely walk to Winooski. I got in and settled as Lake Waves took the stage. They opened with a song about dirty fingernails and their breezy indie rock sound caught the room. I remembered liking them when I saw them a couple of months ago and instantly remembered why. They followed with a song about being hung out to dry then played the banger. The song about little things that come and little things that go is beautifully crafted pop that also rocks, It sounded huge that night. The next song was slower and more dreamy and I think it was about raking leaves. They ended with another pop epic about not wanting to be on your own. It was a great set and each bad that played after gave them a shout out.

After a quick break, The Silent Mile took the stage with a roar. Their heavy off-kilter indie rock was fast and fun. The first song was furious then they played a huge version of the single All I Want. They played a new song with no lyrics that built into a huge rocker then told us some tales from Last Summer’s Odyssey. They rocked us through some Sleepless Nights then closed with something huge and loud that oozed passion and angst. I had been aching to check them out and I can’t wait to see them again.

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Up next, Heavy Sleeper came from Boston to play for us and let loose a flowing heavy jangly sound. They played songs about dying alone and not fearing changes and never letting you go. As the set progressed the sound became less bouncy and was a little more smooth as their lush music filled the air. They played the new single Castaway then played a huge fuzzy poppy slice of gorgeous rock. It may have had a lyric about letting it get away, but either way, it was wonderful. They brought the pace up to full throttle on a song about waking your love and called it a night. They were really good. I’m glad to get to know them.

Just in case we had not already rocked enough that night, Doom Service unleashed their smooth heavy indie punk rock on us. It had been way too long since I’d seen them and I was elated to correct that. Stories of comic books emanated from the stage then the band launched into Monsters Are Due On Maple Street. The song refers to the Twilight Zone episode of the same name and makes some fantastic points about human nature and rocks blisteringly hard. They hit us hard with Collider then welcomed us to the Hellmouth. We went prospecting with the Miner 49er then the Curse brought us down. The Other Iron Sheik rocked us hard and we ended the night with a little Jurassic Bark. They are such an amazing band and all of their songs are so much fun. I just love it every time I get to hear them play.

I hung out for a little bit then took the long walk home. It was another great night of music in our town.

Sorry about spacing out and not getting a picture of Silent Mile.

 

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Doom Service

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