Show Review & Photos: Stagnant Pools @ the Neptune

Stagnant Pools @ the Neptune, 12/15
Show Review & Photos by Dagmar

Sometimes you hear music and love it immediately. That’s what happened with me when I first heard the debut album, Temporary Room, from Indianapolis, Indiana’s Stagnant Pools. Their music, an insulated and warm dirge, spoke to me. Certain songs may seem dronelike (I like that), but keep listening to the small changes – and the lyrics. The duo, brothers Bryan Enas (guitar/vocals) and Doug Enas (drums), were the openers for David Bazan on Saturday night at the Neptune. As I hoped they would, they put on a deep, dark show, one that was spare and serious. While their sound diverged from Bazan’s, that’s not always a bad thing for an opener, and in this case the audience was into them. Special highlights for me were “Solitude,” “Maze of Graves,” “Dead Sailor” and “Consistency.” Saturday’s show was Stagnant Pools’ first visit to Seattle, and I hope it will be one of many. I interviewed Bryan Enas before the show and will have that piece up soon to accompany this!

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