Live from The Triple Door: Depreciation Guild & Serena Maneesh 3/26

When you normally think about shows at The Triple Door in Seattle, you might envision cool jazz quartets or sultry singer/songwriters; however, Friday night’s show was something completely different. If you’ve never been to the Triple Door it’s a fantastic venue. Aesthetically, it’s definitely one of the most beautiful rooms in Seattle and arguably one of the best sounding rooms in the city too. There to see The Depreciation Guild, I was whisked ever so politely by the fine staff to my front row seat literally connected to the stage. I was about 2 ft away from the action and shin-level with the performers. Not a traditional set-up by any means (there was no standing room – only booths), but what I witnessed next might have been one of the best performances I’ve seen this year. And in this city, that’s saying something.

To my surprise, the band started promptly at 8:00 and played a short set of songs from their fantastic new sophomore album “Spirit Youth” as well as some older material they had never played live. Those unfamiliar with the Depreciation Guild may be more familiar with their other work in The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – a brooklyn trio that elicited a lot of excitement here locally. After hearing last nights performance though, I’ve forgotten all about that other band. In fact, other than the tightness in their delivery – they couldn’t sound more different. They can shy away from all the shoegaze comparisons they want, but the first thing Depreciation Guild reminded me of was a more accessible Slowdive. As a long time fan of bands like My Bloody Valentine and Ride – I heard enough to draw some obvious comparisons. I recently went to the Big Pink/A Place To Bury Strangers show in hopes of re-living some of those old memories and to check out some bands that were flying the new flag, but this was the show that really snapped me back to those early shoegaze days. All I can say is “Wow”. I was completely blown away by this band and their performance elicited more than a few “one more song” comments from the chilled out Triple Door crowd. If you haven’t heard this band yet, do yourself a favor and pick up their new album Spirit Youth when it hits stores May 18th! (p.s. I bought a copy the purple vinyl and am loving it!).

After a brief pause, Heineken’s were replenished and we were ready for the main act. Now, if you want to draw comparisons to My Bloody Valentine and other shoegaze bands, there’s probably not a better band to carry the torch than Norwegian Gloom Rockers – Serena Maneesh. I’ve seen the band previously in Seattle but hadn’t heard any of the material from their brand new album – “No 2: Abyss in B Minor” until now. The band whipped through a brief 45 minute set that exploded off the stage, a whirlwind of strobes and overdriven guitars, proving once again that they’ve taken the genre in a completely new direction. We’ve included a video to give you a taste of what their live show is all about, but you really have to see this band up close to appreciate everything that’s happening on stage. When you’re seated that close to the stage, things are bound to happen and during the final song of their set, they did. In a cloud of strobes and feedback, lead singer and guitarist Emile Nikolaisen was swinging his guitar and dragging it across the stage inches away from our faces before promptly crashing into a couple glass water bottles staged at our table (luckily nothing broke!). Emile had enough class to come out later and apologize for the spilled water (my response: “Rock & Roll dude!”). Drinks were had later at Smiths and all was forgiven. What a surreal night.

I can honestly say this was one performance that left me wet…

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~ by clickdagger on March 28, 2010.

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