Tuesday, June 6, 2017

No Vacation live at SloDoCo

NO VACATION
SLODOCO
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA
04 JUNE, 2017

Every once in a while, the Venue Gods will smile, and on this Sunday night, no less, we found it fit to tuck into the cozy confines of SloDoCo, AKA the San Luis Obispo Donut Company. Mmmm...donuts. San Francisco's No Vacation was our actual reason for being there. The dream-pop five piece is in the midst of a West Coast tour, both alone and with The Bilinda Butchers. Having spent the afternoon at KCPR, the local campus station, they were immediately on the road to San Diego afterward. The run up to the release of their new EP, (on San Diego's Top Shelf Records), is picking up steam, backed by the pair of singles released so far. First single "Mind Fields", buried late in their set, was a definite high point, with the band's penchant for fake endings giving way to a rocking coda. The back room was filled up for the all-ages gig, and the quintet barely fit the small stage, with range of motion not being up for discussion. They funneled it back into the music, and were sharp all the way through.  In more ways than one, a band to keep an eye on. (simple Bavarian Cream, thanks for asking, and it was delicious...)





 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Candle Flickers...

WRECK AND REFERENCE
CHASMS
HOUSES OF HEAVEN
SOME EMBER
THEE PARKSIDE, SAN FRANCISCO
29 APRIL, 2017
Chasms at Thee Parkside, SF
It was a family affair at Thee Parkside, community in the very best sense, gathered for a stacked bill of Bay Area dark noise. Kicking things off was Some Ember's Dylan, doing it solo style. The duo, now located in Berlin, was stateside for a visit, and a happy late addition to the bill. Following up was Houses of Heaven, helmed by Keven Tecon, (Vaniish, Wax Idols), which balances a motorik pulse with guitar detonations. Their debut, Remnant, will be out on Felte Records May 19th.
Chasms (and their loyal fog machine) provided the emotional apex of the night, sending out "Beyond Flesh" to the late Cash Askew, and putting paid to any dry eyes that remained in the house. LA's Wreck and Reference capped off the night in style, providing a physical release to all the emotions bottled up. With moral support in the audience from members of Wax Idols, Them Are Us Too, and All Your Sisters, it was a night where everyone came away feeling a little less alone in the world.

WRECK AND REFERENCE

CHASMS

HOUSES OF HEAVEN

SOME EMBER