After an unusually long wait for the red line at Alewife, the train finally arrived and I was on my way to Central Square. This was my first show at Out of the Blue Too Gallery, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect.
Upon arriving at Out of the Blue Too, the first thing you notice is that this is one funky place for a show. All kinds of artwork was featured along the walls and the “stage” was an area set up in the middle of the gallery surrounded by rope lights, with the bands playing on the floor, which makes for a pretty intimate show. If you’re a fan of beer and other alcohols, one thing to take note of is that there is no alcohol served here, but there is a liquor store a couple of doors down. Use that information as you will. The Silver Mirrors were already playing as I got there.
The Silver Mirrors
The Silver Mirrors are a garage psych band from Boston. This was the first time I had heard of them but they were a great way to start the night. I’m now a fan and can’t wait to see these guys again!
Next were S.S. Cretins, who came here from Portland, Maine. I’m not sure how to describe their music other than as raw psychedelic dirty stomp. These guys and girl were really good. After their set, I stepped outside to get some fresh air before Dead Leaf Echo took the stage for the last show of their current tour before heading back home to Brooklyn.
Dead Leaf Echo
I think this was Dead Leaf Echo’s first show in the Boston area in over a year. The last time I saw them was at the now closed venue Church of Boston (R.I.P.) last year and had a great time at that show. With lots of dreamy gaze and distortion, the band played a set of great music, which was awesome to see in such an intimate setting. They even played some new songs which sounded pretty good. At one point, they dedicated a song to birthday boy Kris Thompson of Magic Shoppe, who I’ve gotten to know over the last year and is a pretty cool dude.
This was Magic Shoppe’s last show of the year. The stage area seemed really cramped with all 5 members of the band trying to work around a stage crasher playing tambourine. Either way, they killed it as always with their psychedelic sounds, even if the equally psychedelic checkerboard cupcake pring hanging from the ceiling above them seemed to be distracting them (in the best and funniest way possible!). They still remain my favorite local band and it’s going to be a long wait until February to see them play again.
Overall, despite a few minor annoyances, I had a pretty good time seeing and hearing some great bands! I’d recommend seeing any of them live if you get the chance. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.