First, a message of full disclosure: I am friends with [a member of] the opening act (Secret Someones), so the focus here will deal mostly with their act. I enjoyed Jay Stolar‘s set immensely as well, from his enthusiasm, his message, and his excellent use of venue space. But his band’s performance other musings related to it are items I’ll save for another day– or at least one when I’m not running on an less than 12 hours of sleep in the previous two nights.
That said, both groups rocked it objectively well. They rocked it long. They rocked it hard. They rocked it ’til the cows came home and the teeth fell out of all the old man cliches that were minced together in the preceding lines.
And it was glorious.
Seeing concerts at the Red Room at Cafe 939 is always a treat. And why shouldn’t it be? It’s a part of the Berklee College of Music, and thus any act that graces the stage there is bursting with talent. They also make it delightfully affordable to go. I’ve only been a few times, but each time I find myself asking why I don’t take more advantage of all it has to offer in terms of a 5-fold sensory experience.
It was the Secret Someones first trip to Boston, and it was obvious that they were energized, poised, and downright elated to be there. Three gals– on Bess on lead guitar, Lilia on electric bass, and Hannah (my friend) on rhythm guitar and synth respectively– and their trusty guy Zach on drums, all of whom were having the time of their lives. That each musician had dabbled in solo work prior to being in this band made sense given the way they looked so familiar and comfortable with their instrument and sonic space; that they’d only been playing as a band since early this past summer was impressive given the clarity and cohesiveness of their combined sound and rhythm.
It’s great when every member of the band looks like they’re genuinely getting a kick out of the performance, and these guys did just that. It made getting into their sound easy and the overall experience that much better.
And in person they’re every bit as friendly and enthusiastic as they are on stage. They’re just like the boy or girl of your choosing next door… if your parents are all right with those “funny looking so-and-so’s in tight pants and thick-rimmed glasses, tights and stocking caps… grumble, grumble…
They may have worked solo stints before, but there’s no doubt they’ve got a good thing going with this quartet, and they won’t be a secret long: They officially release their first EP this week and there are plans in the works for a full length album to drop in spring 2014.
A great show made only greater by the wonderful happenstance of having a friend on the stage and a great way to open the weekend.