Opening the show was the wonderful dream pop band Invisible Days.
I had been enjoying their song "Daysleeping" for a few months now.
This band successfully blend gentle atmospherics, FX laden guitars, slithering basslines and appropriate rackety-tackety percussion with a vocal harmony that sets them apart from many other bands attempting this genre. Combine that with songwriting that shows thought and precision and its becomes clear (or less invisible) as to why their sound resonates so well with me. On their song "Stewards" the vocals are placed far back in the mix, echo tinged, with strummed guitars more out front. It continues to build cathedral-like, while the drums stay routed in the here and now.
The aforementioned "Daysleeping" takes the superior vocal harmonies even higher, bringing to mind the gold age of "gaze" bands like, Ride for example.
I had also been enjoying their track "Solitary Time" for a while now - ever since picking up their CD at a previously attended show of theirs.
Good News! The band is now offering this track as a free download, which can be gotten here:
Next up was the trio Crawl Babies
Especially their drummer who played in the stand up style of Mo Tucker and Bobby Gillespie.
Their 60’s tinged sound points to a band like The Raveonettes as possible sonic reference point.
Finally it was time for the headliner.
Shana put on her typcially dazzling light and sound spectacular.
As expected, the set relied heavily on material from the "In The Light" EP
Listen in to this night's performance of "Tragic"
One more from the EP, a live performance of "U.R. Everything"
Following Shana's wonderful performance, was another band that presents a blended dual male vocal front - Heaven
The song is moody, dark and dreamy (all rolled into one). Of note is guitarist Matt Sumrow's outstanding guitar work, which alternates between clean-note arpeggios and wah-wah effected chorusing.