Westword Music Showcase reviewed: Sutra
Ideal Fathers opened the day at Sutra.
Brian Landis Folkins
See more photos from Sutra at westword.com/slideshow.
Ideal Fathers, 12 p.m.
Ideal Fathers kicked off the Sutra stage with a high-charged set of post-punk that included some keyed up takes on songs from its new brand new EP, A Complete Waste of Time Travel. Frenetic frontman Jesse Hunsaker screamed and wailed over drummer Mike Perfetti's hi-hat fueled beats and guitarist Adam Rojo's trebly and biting riffs; it was like Fuguzi's Ian MacKaye fronting Gang of Four.
Verdict: Definitely not a waste of time, uh, travel.
Gangcharger, 1 p.m.
Gangcharger's set started out promising. The first cut featuring featured the guitarist knob twiddling on various effects pedals on and some wonderful, swirling atmospheric noise a la Mogwai. But a few songs in, the guys had to stop mid-song due some technical difficulties on his part. While the sound guy and guitarist scrambled to locate the problem, the three other guys soldiered on and kicked out a few more songs although the singer/guitarist seemed a bit flustered, bouncing his guitar off the floor a few times.
Verdict: While the singer joked about how it was their worst show ever, the guys still managed to deliver a solid set.
Overcasters, 2 p.m.
Brian Landis Folkins
It took a while for Overcasters frontman Kurt Ottaway to get his guitar rig dialed in. His wasn't getting any sound out of his blue Gretsch, so he took a wrench out of his toolbox and tried tightening the input jack. The room was nearly completely full by time Ottaway gave up trying to fix the Gretsch and went with a different guitar instead and started the set about ten minutes late. But it was the worth the wait. Drummer Erin Tidwell pounded out the tom-heavy beats on a stunning new white drum set while Ottaway and guitarist John Nichols laid down thick and fuzzy reverb-drenched riffs. The Fluid's John Robinson and Garrett Shavlik stopped by to check out the psych-rock set.
Verdict: It might have been a short set, but Overcasters packed a hell of a punch to just a few songs.
Lion Sized, 3 p.m.
With only three guys in the band, the members of Lion Sized, as the name implies, know how to get big results. The trio blasted out of the gate with a supercharged cut and kept the intensity stoked throughout its set. Drummer Number Three pounded the hell of out of his kit, while singer/guitarist Josh Bergstrand, and bassist Shane Trost kept the motor running. Near the end of the set, the always-hilarious Magic Cyclops jumped on the mic to sing a cut.
Verdict: Yes indeed, the guys in Lion Sized sound, well, lion sized sonically.
Git Some, 4 p.m.
Two seconds into Git Some's opening song, "Trixy Loves Misty," and I'm thinking, "Holy fuck!" Seriously. The song's dangerous intensity kicked my ass and I'm guessing most everyone else in the packed room. Nearly every other song had that same visceral energy, whether it was songs from the band's latest album, Cosmic Rock, or newer material that might end up on their next release. Not only was my face melted, it was completely destroyed.
Verdict: Hands down, one of the most vigorous live bands in town.
The Photo Atlas, 5 p.m.
Brian Landis Folkins
The Photo Atlas had to start a few minutes late since Mark Hawkins forgot his bass, which was pretty damn funny. He came scrambling in, took out the bass, plugged it and the guys kicked into an energetic set of danceable post-punk tunes fueled by Nick Miles' Gang of Four-inspired hi-hat beats. They kept a bunch of girls in the front dancing a singing a long with cuts from their latest EP, To Silently Provoke the Ghost, and their full-length debut No, Not Me, Never.
Verdict: The Photo Atlas fully took control of the packed room.
Young Coyotes, 6 p.m.
Young Coyotes is mainly the guitar-drum duo Adam Halferty and Zach Tipton, but the guys bring occasionally bring in other musicians into the fold for live shows. While the acoustic guitar and drums is filled out with some great harmonies from the two singers, I thought the low end was lacking in the previous times I'd seen them. For this gig, they recruited a drummer who sometimes plays with Chain Gang of 1974 and a guy who played Glockenspiel and keyboards, which provided the low end this time around. It was an inspired set for the most part that included "Buried" from the band's latest EP Exhale as well as some newer material. Halferty also said it was the band's last show until September.
Verdict: Having the keys play the low end definitely rounded things out.
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