On Thursday June 28, three bands took Troy’s Takk House by storm, filling the event hall with the echoes of screeching feedback and bellowing reverb.
Albany duo DeathVacation–a branch-off project by two former Aficionado members–opened up the show with a few accompanying old friends. The duo’s built up sound didn’t disappoint–particularly in their finale “Mundane Love.”
Floating Teeth followed up with a dynamic set featuring several tracks off of their EP MISS, released earlier this year. The Denver-based trio has that multi-instrumentalism that always adds a kick to a live set and keeps the audience on their toes. They ground through quite a few songs, furiously strumming over deliciously emo lyrics in songs like “Dog Sick.”
“I still save a spot for you in my bed / I hope that one day we will meet again / Come back to me / Come back, haunt me,” vocalist and guitarist Reychel sang (about her dead dog. R.I.P).
As the last pounding of the drumkit and applause died away, the band expressed their appreciation for the Troy venue that entombed their gritty garage sound so well.
“I feel like this room is where reverb comes from,” vocalist and guitarist Charles said, “Like, this is where it’s made.”
The musicians had their own fun playing with the sound that bounced off the high ceiling and vibrated the wall-sized windowpanes behind them. Once in a few songs, they were bathed in the red and blue lights of cop cars riding up and down 3rd Street.
In closing, the charming, self-described “tweemo” group Hate Club hit the ground running. The foursome has only been playing together for some three months but has been frequenting bills since the release of their debut EP No, seriously in April.
Starting off with “Passive/Aggressive” Hate Club built up their sound like a crashing wave. Slow and steady strumming turned to a heavily layered pounding of instrumentals, swallowing the vocals from Audrey Goodemote and Noah Bondy before bottoming out again to reveal their alternating harmonies. For a band with five songs to their name–the four off of their EP and a new one (“In the Shadow of Two Gunmen (Pt. 2)”) written just last week–they certainly aren’t lacking audience attention.
As they wrapped with their final song, “In the Shadow of Two Gunmen (Pt. 1),” the crowd shouted requests, looking for more. The band shrugged and smiled. “We only have five songs,” Bondy told them. “But we’re working on that,” Goodemote added.
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