"Better late than never" is a saying that is appropriate for how late this show review is being posted, but it's especially apt when it applies to writing about a compelling band with great tunes.
I previewed Open to the Hound from songs they had posted on their website and liked what I heard of their new-folk (mostly that it wasn't that over-echoed "hey ho" stuff that was so pervasive for a while). I was in for a surprise, however.
I met Eric before the show, pink-coiffed and a wonderful person. I know that setting up before a show takes time, so we didn't chat for too long.
|Syntax Physic Opera - Denver|
|Jen Korte & Jessica DeNicola|
Open to the Hound played next. Their live set was a high-energy departure from the tracks I sampled online. It took me by surprise, but in a really good way. I loved the power and dynamics. So much so that I didn't really get a decent picture because I was so drawn to the music & performance.
|Open to the Hound|
Teacup Gorilla was up last, the musical focal point of the night, with Eric and others reading parts of the novel during the songs of their set as well.
They played about nine songs, some of which reminded me of different bits of other songs and artists - "Cortez The Killer" here, "The New Stone Age" by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark there.
|Teacup Gorilla - Eric, Sondra, Daniel|
Sometimes when I'm watching a band, I daydream that I'm up there playing along, partaking, creating, crafting. Watching Teacup Gorilla, it occurred to me that I wouldn't have anything to add, and wouldn't want to. They had a rotating cast throughout the night, each adding something wonderful, but where I normally would feel the pull to be up there, I was more than content to enjoy the evening as it was. I don't know if that makes me more mature or at peace, but I was just digging everything, and didn't want the night to be over, grateful that Eric invited me to be a part of the night and experience their art, and the art of Jen and Open to the Hound, and everyone else there.
Teacup Gorilla plays Saturday, July 25th at 5pm at Historians Ale House in Denver as part of the Underground Music Showcase. Their new EP The Holes They Leave was released on July 9th 2015 and is available at all popular music buying & streaming locations: SoundCloud | Bandcamp | iTunes
|Riding Sidesaddle* - the novel|