This past Tuesday The Door Dallas welcomed indie and ambient music fans from around the metroplex to watch some spectacular bands. Local band The News Can Wait opened the show. The News Can Wait is a four-piece rock/progressive/fusion group influenced by bands ranging from Glassjaw to Pink Floyd. They already have a self-titled EP out, released in January 2010, and plan for another release hopefully in October of this year. Even though they played rather early in the show, there was still a nice turnout mainly consisting of friends and local fans, though there is no doubt that they caught the attention of listeners for the bands later on the bill. Their groovy bass lines got the crowd moving, as did their catchy guitar progressions and mixtures of singing and heavy vocals. They mainly played songs off their new EP, so stay tuned for its upcoming release. The News Can Wait is a unique and underrated local band that would love for you to give their tunes a listen, and perhaps buy their CD, available for download on iTunes.
The next band in the lineup was O’Brother, a band from Georgia whom I wrote about when I saw them back in March with Moving Mountains. O’Brother has three guitarists (one as the lead singer and another as an auxiliary percussionist), along with a bassist and a drummer. This ambient/progressive band has a dark, ominous sound, prominently distinguished by the heavy cymbal crashes and deep guitar tones. They too have had an EP out for a while, The Death Of Day, and are planning for a new release Garden Window in October. The songs from this record (“Providence”, “Ascension”, and “Division of Man”) were played to perfection, and new songs from the upcoming EP were also performed. At one point the bassist even used a bow to bring out the drone-like bass sound to accompany the song. More updates on their future record can be found at their website.
Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground performed after them, their first time playing in Dallas. They hail from Seattle and have two albums out—a self-titled and Introducing Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground, which was released earlier this year. I had not listened to them much before the show, but from their set I concluded that they’re like a combination of Portugal. The Man and a mellowed-down version of Foxy Shazam. They play with a full set-up, including a violin and keyboard. A few songs that stuck out to me were “Oh, Lord I Hate You California” and “Birds (On A Day Like Today),” both of which were upbeat. They closed with “Hey Momma,” the opening track on their first record.
Last but not least, progressive/indie band The Dear Hunter returned to The Door, where they had previously played with MewithoutYou and The Fall Of Troy. The band also played with Dredg at The Granada Theater earlier this summer. The only difference this time around was that they recently released brand new music, a collection of 9 different EPs called The Color Spectrum. The group took a turn from the previous concept albums Acts I-III, which tell a story about the life of a boy and his mother. Casey Crescenzo, the lead vocalist and guitarist, came from the now defunct band The Receiving End of Sirens about two and a half years ago and started his new project The Dear Hunter.
They started off their set with songs from the new EP, including “Deny It All,” “She’s Always Singing,” and “Fall And Flee.” Casey then announced they were going to play some old songs, and that got the crowd going. A soft song, “The Church and the Dime,” off of Act II was soon followed by the intense and heavy “Mustard Gas” from Act III, which was quite a thrill. Both songs have harmonies and shouting parts that are always fun to sing along to, especially since they have so much energy. The Dear Hunter closed the concert with “Filth and Squalor” from the Black EP, starting off with a programming clip then leading into an intense musical progression. “Red Hands” from Act II, probably their most popular song, was the final number, and they left the crowd singing the lines “Oh my God what have I done” as the guitarist and drummer of O’Brother came out to play a floor tom and sing along.
Overall it was a fantastic show, and these bands deserve your attention. O’Brother will be returning to The Door Dallas October 3rd with Thrice, La Dispute, and Moving Mountains, which should be an incredible show, so buy your tickets early. The Dear Hunter announced they are playing October 23rd at the Palladium, where Manchester Orchestra and White Denim will join them.