Birds of Maya @ Little Bar

mg_2505Birds of Maya, Tin Horses, and True Gold played at Little Bar 12/16/11  (local bands)

True Gold had an alright feel to them, I was in the back but they had maybe 5 people, one song was like Modest Mouse in a way. Rhythm guitar sounded great and the vocals varied in pictch/style from song to song. Heard the last 3 songs of their set. They said thank you for participating to the crowd which I thought was hilarious. Phonographic Arts put out a release for them, and booked the show. more here.

Tin Horses are a 4 piece from Texas, Philly. They make modern country music for whisky drinkers. I liked hearing them after the first few songs I got into it. Vocals were pretty good and the lyrical content was interesting. The guitarist of Purling Hiss does  vocals/guitars. Bass got real low at one point. The drums had a choppy style with an old time feel. One person requested Hey Jealousy but they didn’t play it.

Birds of Maya played as a three piece, bass drums and guitar last night. I had earplugs because I was under the speaker and the sound was still perfectly clear, can’t imagine the damage caused to those without they’re so loud. I hadn’t seen them before but had heard the name which I liked.  Birds of Maya had so much energy ! I don’t know how planned their songs are because one was 8min and another was 4 or 12, their set was over too quickly and I think they did 5-6 songs total. Great fast paced drumming throughout, it was like pop punk psychedelic. I don’t know what the hip bluesy vocals said, they showed up only a few times by bassist. Crunchy, distorted, nostalgic jams. The guitar player was jumping around a lot which was fun to watch. I thought their sound was unique and music accessible. Probably one of my favorites shows this year.




White Hills @ O’Riellys Pub

White Hills, Pontiak, and Kohutek performed @ O’Riellys Pub on 12/7/11

Kohutek started the night with a real nice multilayered jam. I don’t know how long it was but there were 4-5 transistions in sound during the improvised song. Tonight they had 6 people playing music, Scott sounded fresh on drums, playing with different tempos and making use of bells and a gong too. At one point there were 3 people on the noise creating a dense ambient buzzing and scratching. The guitarist from Gondola was present for the session and his guitar had a clean tone sound.

Pontiak I didn’t know much about Pontiak before seeing them so they were a cool surprise and I’ll be listening to them from now on. It was funny that they are brothers because I thought these bros all look alike its like the beach boys. Pontiak had a great hard hitting space rock sound, good vocal harmonies ( all 3 sang) and songs that varied in intensity. One song almost had a country western feel.

White Hills  then set up and immediately these people changed from normal humans to insane rock and rollers. They had a beautiful girl with platinum blond hair and leather bodysuit on a clear bass, noticing this clear instrument trend lately, who also sang.  I swear I felt like I was going to blast off into the future when they played, the sonic wind was blowing. The guitarist was really good and shredded and jumped around headbanging. White Hills are all about rhythm and they have an impressive drummer. He created tension with the audience. White Hills played Hp-1 which was the reason I came out. They also played paradise which is a cool 12 min song.

I’m a big White Hills fan (see), so was looking forward to this show for awhile…and I wasn’t disappointed. The visuals by Eye Gate really added to the experience too. They had set up 3 screens and projectors with film showing deep sea divers, science stuff, and liquid dye being manipulated into amoebas and other organic looking images. The bands played up in front sometimes creating shadows too. At O’Riellys there is no stage so the space is intimate with the audience, prob about 50 people showed good considering the rainy December weather.