I anticipated this show not just because Bear In Heaven has never failed to impress, but also because the openers showed so much promise. I was only disappointed in one thing; Austin. Yes you, Austin. Would you please start supporting the openers? Less pre-drink, more music. You paid for that ticket, get your dollar’s worth. Check what time doors are and show up to support the bands and the venues. BiN made two incredibly solid picks for the road this time around in Weeknight and Young Magic and if you missed them, it is your own damn fault. #rant
So there you go. The best show review I have ever done? Maybe.
OK, just a few more notes after the break. …and pics. Lot of them.
Yes, there are other shows going on tonight. I am most excited about this Bear In Heaven show at The Parish tonight. Not just because I love the new tracks from BiH, but the opening acts are real head turners.
Since this show hit my radar, I have been a little obsessed with Weeknight. Dark, smoky, synth-heavy and moody – some tracks have southern rock cadence to the vocal, perhaps a hit a gospel. Andy Simmons and Holly MacGibbon spend most of their time harmonizing. It isn’t give and take, it is give and give. Beautiful flourishes, simple constructs enhanced by clever waveforms. Heavy guitar riffs complete the formula and lends gothy noise.
I last saw Young Magic with Purity Ring. I expect more of the same gazy-poppy goodness, but the new tracks are fuller, more complex if you ask me.
And finally, we have our headliners. Dear jeebus, I love the track “Autumn”. This is going to be one helluva show. I made you a playlist.
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As the set time sheet at The Mohawk read, SOLD THE FUCK OUT. Three ticket agents were sitting out front asking for extra tickets. Guess the ticket agents are big Purity Ring fans.
Doors were at 7:30, but that was a last minute change from 6:30. That meant a giant line in for both doors and rail campers right away. I knew it would be a challenge to move through the masses, but I was ready to get smooth electro bounce BUZZ jams on in full effect. Young Magic started the night.
Click past the break for plenty of pics…
Michael Italia’s probably not a household name, not just yet. With that in mind, 2012 seems perfect for his project, Young Magic, to break through to the masses, as he’s already gotten a lot of attention from the press. We were fortunate to catch up with him before he headed to SXSW to get a brief glimpse inside his mind. You can check out his SXSW dates after the interview. Thanks again to Gloria for setting things up! Read more