Show Review & Photos: BEAK> w/Nordra @ Columbia City Theater

BEAK w/Nordra @ Columbia City Theater, 10/7/18
Show Review & Photos by Lisa Hagen Glynn

Billy Fuller & Geoff Barrow of BEAK> – photo by Lisa Hagen Glynn

BEAK> drew a large crowd to the Columbia City Theater on October 7, 2018. This tour promoted their third album, minimalistically entitled >>>. The Bristol-based trio combines Geoff Barrow (of Portishead) on drums and vocals, Billy Fuller (of Robert Plant) on bass and vocals, and Will Young (AKA Moon Gangs) on keys and guitar.

Predominantly krautrock in their delivery, BEAK>’s tunes mix a motorik beat with gloomy synth drones, persistent bass, driving arpeggios, and sparse vocals. Their lyrics are self-aware and often devastating. Although BEAK>’s music isn’t exactly danceable, it is undeniably catchy and dares you to try not to nod along.

Barrow led BEAK> in a 12-tune set that emphasized their recent album. Particularly memorable were “Egg Dog,” “Allé Sauvage,” “Brean Down,” and the surprisingly balladic “When We Fall.” They skipped the drama of an encore, with Fuller instead quipping “This is our fake last one” before continuing with the remainder of the set. The audience left energized.

There is an unpretentious appeal about an internationally known band staffing its own merch table: Fuller made change, while Young ran albums to Barrow for a third signature as he chatted with fans nearby. BEAK> seemed like genuinely kind folks, and Seattle was fortunate to secure a stop on their limited North American tour.

Local artist Monika Khot (also of Zen Mother) opened the evening as Nordra, a noise and experimental project with an industrial element. Her compelling solo set combined processed vocals, guitar, a table full of pedals, and pocket trumpet.

Editor’s note: Apologies we had to take the > out of your name in the title. The html code would not accept it.

BEAK> – photos by Lisa Hagen Glynn
Nordra – all photos by Lisa Hagen Glynn

Photos: Idles & Fontaines D.C. @ Neumos

Idles & Fontaines D.C. @ Neumos, 5/28/19
Photos by Josh Daniels

Joe Talbot of Idles – photo by Josh Daniels

In an awesome double bill, Idles and Fontaines D.C. appeared at Neumos on May 28th. The label-mates on Partisan Records (Idles come from Bristol, England; Fontaines D.C. are from Dublin, Ireland) are legitimate punk. Seattle readers take note: Fontaines D.C. return to Neumos on September 22nd.

Fontaines D.C.’s Grian Chatten – photo by Josh Daniels
Idles – photos by Josh Daniels
Fontaines D.C. – photos by Josh Daniels
Idles – photos by Josh Daniels

Show Review & Photos: Caroline Rose w/SUPERET & Ings @ the Tractor

Caroline Rose w/ Superet & Ings @ Tractor Tavern 2/22/2019
Show Review & Photos by Lisa Hagen Glynn

Caroline Rose – photo by Lisa Hagen Glynn

Caroline Rose sold out the Tractor on February 22nd. The Burlington, VT multi-instrumentalist and songwriter was backed by a strong lineup of keyboardist Abbie Morin, drummer Willoughby Morse, and bassist Josh Speers. Rose’s roots lie in country and rockabilly, but her latest release, LONER, has veered toward witty synthpop.

Rose sang, played guitar and keys, danced on top of a speaker, and soloed on a giant kazoo. She wore a “BYE BOY” t-shirt, red suit, red bandana, and red Chucks, which matched a red-bathed stage decorated with roses and other accessories.

Caroline Rose – photo by Lisa Hagen Glynn

The eclectic 16-song set began with the downtempo tune “To Die Today,” and by the time Rose arrived at “Bikini” she was leading an all-out dance party. Other highlights included “More of the Same,” “Getting To Me,” and “Jeannie Becomes a Mom.”

Between tunes, Rose explained that the band had made two essential stops while in Seattle: IKEA, to buy the striped red rug onstage, and Babeland. She later spilled her IPA and wished aloud for a shot of tequila instead—two fans delivered, and Rose downed the shots with lime.

Ings – photo by Lisa Hagen Glynn

Seattle singer–songwriter Ings opened the evening with a trio set of lullaby rock, including several of her newer tunes. Los Angeles rock quintet SUPERET followed with catchy disco beats and dance moves.

SUPERET – photo by Lisa Hagen Glynn
Caroline Rose – photos by Lisa Hagen Glynn
Ings – photos by Lisa Hagen Glynn
SUPERET – photos by Lisa Hagen Glynn