First posted on May 7, 2018
This is the third Norm’s night and the second I made.
The Three of Us
I’m not certain, but, this may be their second gig. A indie trio with a singer, a bassist, and a drummer.
Each their tracks seems to start with a fun riff but don’t sustain my excitement. I like the bass but I always do.
I always find myself saying this but: it’s a nice start. I can’t see a bands first gig and evaluate them like a long term project((is this unfair? I feel these are finished projects)).
Saturday Morning Breakfast ShowI made a bit of a tit of myself when I introduced myself to Robbie on the night ( I complained I hadn’t heard about a gig in two years. Can you Stan a band with 191 Facebook likes? I’ll try). Told him I was excited to hear him live again.
So SMBS is one man, a glittery guitar, and so many loop pedals. As he builds the layers of each song he hops about the stage, tapping the slab of electronics before him. The music is pretty math rock. Soft, distorted vocals. Ambient.
Only two of the four tracks have lyrics. I like the soft sadness of It’s Officially (British) Summer (Time) but find Ties and Suits and Songs lacking in nuance. The date rape is bad because you’d feel bad if it was your sister is… basic((People have issue with the what if it was your sister argument because surely the woman being drugged in the story is as a human being we can have empathy for. But at the same time. If someone is drugging a person to assault them, they don’t have empathy for that person)).
Objectivity is stupid. I saw SMBS at one of my first local gigs. Maybe my second. I was mystified by him((This was back when I didn’t have much mental clarity and anything that made me think was a revelation. Something to cling to. That and the peanut & oat & chocolate biscuit I had that night haunts my dreams and leaves me waking with a dry mouth. They were amazing. Cactus cafe. Go.)). He started out making some basic sounds on a guitar but it built up into a wall of sound that was both harsh and dreamy.
I’ve listened to the Doug Tandy EP enough times that it feels like home((I thought that phrase and now can’t stop)). If anything, it was jarring that anyone else was there.
The video is from my phone, not a low light camera. My favourite part is at 00:27.
Where is everyone?
Hello, please exchange this money for merchandise, Mr BreakfastMan
I think he was confused, if touched at having a stranger be a fan. We talked a little about his music and he explained that facebook statistics showed that people didn’t see his posts. But he promised to post more. And there’s a music video coming up((edit: It’s out and so pretty. .
Dr. Clyde is the better band. But until they have captions to help me understand their words((Is this a symptom? Everything is a symptom and I just can’t hear the lyrics though the other sounds. The noise doesn’t translate into words)) they can’t mean what SMBS does. To me.