Planes, L-Trains, and Bowerbirds…


Please excuse “hella” giant picture of Bowerbirds. 

First off, I want to give a shout out to the fine folks at Force Field who gave us great access to the Bowerbirds/Phosphorescent show at Schuba’s in Chicago. Despite the weather scare (both bands were stuck in the snow for 6 hours) things seemed to go off without a hitch and once we moved to the front of the venue it was downright “intimate“.

* As a side note, this is the same exact stage where PELA’s signer Billy fell off the stage and injured his hand last weekend. I can’t imagine them in that tiny venue – it must have been a hell of a show!

BOWERBIRDS and PHOSPHORESCENT at Schuba’s was a nice “change of pace” show for me, and it was almost surreal seeing two very unique bands like that in Chicago. I’m not sure what that means – maybe I was expecting Slayer or something? Anyway, the first thing that struck me about both bands was their amazing front men. Both Matthew Houck (Phosphorescent) and Phil Moore (Bowerbirds) have amazing voices and talent. Watching them sing and play guitar was mesmorizing at times and offered glimpses into  their brilliance. One thing you can’t fake is passion – and these guys have it in spades. There was nothing fake about either of these guys. Phosphorescent sounded really good to me when they had all the guitars going at once. The Bowerbirds were maybe a bit more un-polished (i.e raw), but it was also part of their appeal and left me wondering how their unique arrangement would flesh out in future songs. Clearly the passion is there and their harmonies are only going to get better. It’s a good sign when their best song is a new one they haven’t even named yet.  I’ll be looking out for SXSW reports on both of these fresh new bands.


~ by clickdagger on March 11, 2008.

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