Review: Nothing, The Swirlies, Big Bite at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA 10-7-2018

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It was a dark and drizzly night where I kept flip flopping on whether or not to go out, but decided to go to this show anyway, because I knew I’d regret it if I missed it. I got to the Sinclair in Harvard Square pretty fast, where I bought a ticket at the door for what was a nearly sold out show. Once inside, I started with a Wormtown Be Hoppy which is always a good choice, just as Big Bite went on stage (I had missed smut but heard they were a really good opener).

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Big Bite

I didn’t know much about Seattle’s Big Bite before this show, but instantly became a fan. They tore through a set of grungy sounding post rock that had a big sound to it.

I wandered around a bit and had another Be Hoppy as I waited for The Swirlies, who were up next.

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The Swirlies

It’s funny, I’ve never seen The Swirlies despite having listened to them for a very long time. With a perfect mix of indie rock and shoegaze, they were so much better than I expected. It seemed like a lot of the crowd was there just for them, since it cleared out a bit after their set. I was glad to finally get to see them live and they were a perfect opener for Nothing.

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I staked out a good spot on the upper level and had a much better view of the stage for headliners Nothing. The crowd went crazy as the band came out and started with the relatively mellow “Zero Day”. As the night progressed with “Curse of the Sun” and “Us/We/Are”, I caught myself saying “damn!” out loud a lot as Nothing continued to blow me away with each song. Nothing has that dreamy 90’s shoegaze sound and at times delved into a little harder territory.

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Towards the end of the night, singer Domenic Palermo gave his guitar to a guy in the audience and sat down on the edge of the stage where an adoring crowd surrounded him. It was a pretty cool thing. I can’t even express how happy I was that I ended up going to this show. It was definitely one of the best shows I’ve seen all year, and probably longer than that. I ended with my Harvard Square post-show usual of a Big Tasty over at Tasty Burger and was soon on the train back home.

Nothing Setlist

Nothing setlist

Nothing 2018 Tour Dates:

12/08/18 : Stereo – Glasgow (UK)
12/09/18 : The Cluny – Newcastle (UK)
12/10/18 : Hare and Hounds – Birmingham (UK)
12/11/18 : Joiners – Southampton(UK)

Music Monday: Drag Like Pull – Fall EP

It’s pretty awesome when you find a band completely by accident and absolutely fall in love with their music. This is what happened when I first came across a trio from Spokane, Washington called Drag Like Pull. From the first notes of the opening track “Dissemble“, I was hooked. Drag Like Pull make post-rock music that you can put on, lay back, and appreciate. Their Fall EP, which contains 5 songs and clocks in at about 30 minutes and has quickly become one of my favorite albums.

Like Drag Like Pull on Facebook.
Follow Drag Like Pull on Twitter @Drag_Like_Pull (although it seems as if their Twitter account has been neglected since March).

Music Monday: X Suns – X Suns

I became aware of X Suns (which is pronounced “ten suns”) due to a flyer I saw near the Space Needle while on vacation in Seattle last week. In honor of my amazing visit there, I wanted to feature a Seattle area band.

X Suns are a trio made up of Keith Furtado on guitar, Adam Tricoli on bass, and Trent McIntyre on drums, that play instrumental post-rock, which borders on math rock. The self titled EP comes in at around a half hour in length, but the 5 songs flow into each other very well. My favorite is the 4th track, “North of July“, which reminds me of a less noisy, slightly slower Lightning Bolt. It’s a really good album that, despite the length of the tracks, is over before you know it. There are plans for a full length album and I can’t wait to hear it!

I’m jealous of all those that went to the show at The Crocodile last night. Perhaps on my next trip to Seattle, I’ll get the opportunity to see these guys live.

X Suns on Facebook.