Although I'd already been to the Larimer Lounge the night before, I headed straight back Wednesday night to check out a different scene. I already started the month off with music appropriate for the Halloween season, but the month is still young and I needed some more. I wanted another chance to see a local favorite, see a new local band, and check out another national band with a dark electro-pop sound. When it was time to leave the show, I'd say I got enough to hold me over for maybe a little while longer.
|Matt McGuire of StaG|
|Will Walden of StaG|
|James Wayne and Cassie McNeil of Force Publique|
|Alex Anderson of Force Publique|
For those seeking a soundtrack for the season, now that it grows colder and darker, try Force Publique. Their blend of distorted and industrialized new wave rhythms, minacious synths, and captivatingly nefarious vocals make for a great representation of the darkwave sound. Check out their music, and check them out live before the month is through; they've got a Hi-Dive show on October 26.
|Brittany Terry of Kindest Lines|
The last act was New Orleans based kindest lines. Justin Blaire Vial plays keyboards and handles the drum machine, Jack Champagne handles the guitar, and frontwoman Brittany Terry plays keyboard while lending a moody, breathy, low-register vocal style. With the addition of a touring bass player, they managed to create a full live sound that had driving danceable beats but created a mood of portending darkness.
Kindest Lines has an instrumental sound that is somewhere between industrial rock and electropop. The drum machine created a deliberately artificial and mechanized sound, keeping a steady robotic rhythm with its factory-like drum samples. The guitar, although not usually distorted, maintained that machined feel by the way Jack Champagne played his riffs off the template of the automated rhythm. The layers of keyboard synths by themselves would create a pleasantly ethereal sound, but paired with the other instruments it turned into something more villainous. Brittany Terry's vocal style united all the musical pieces, and her cobwebby vocals lightly and mysteriously draped over the sound.
Kindest Lines performed a selection of songs off of their album Covered in Dust. Their set was divided into two sub-styles. They had slower, airy and celestial songs like "Hazy Haze", "Baltimore" and "Dark Dream". They had more driving and uptempo yet still dark and moody songs like "Strange Birds", "Running Into Next Year", and "In Death Not to Part". Or there were songs that were a combination of the two like "Destructive Paths to Live Happily" and their set closer, "Prom Song". Their set showed a good range of song variation that could still identify with the overall dark feel they try to achieve. I like Kindest Line's instrumentation, but sometimes the vocals seemed a bit off to me, but if you like a dark sound with gossamer vocals, you may like Kindest Lines.
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