Broken Spindles @ Kilby Court

Posted March 5, 2009 in
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Broken Spindles
Kilby Court
With BIRTHQUAKE!, and Bear Proof

Arriving unfashionably early as always, I sat to take in the crowd of the trendy young-old people - anyone married, or whose loud conversations hold to bargain grocery shopping and removing mystery stains from the tablecloth. Though I do have to suppose these young-old people were attempting to do something interesting by appearing at a Kilby show and holding up their fists in a ‘You rock so hard stance.’

After a few nods of approval from the friends/fans the generic rock of Bear Proof began. Although the drummer was talented and a few guitar-shredding moments occurred, the set blurred together until their last song “Singing Two Cobras,” which brought to mind a large bellied man charming snakes in the desert with a stereo. As half the crowd left, probably to update their blogs about this wild event, I could now think about nude sprinkler running or simply not removing stains from anything ever again…gasp.

As BIRTHQUAKE started I had to curse, as I often do, the +21 and older clubs for denying my underage ears of such wonderful music. As an instrumental band they were energetic, and enticing throughout the set. From the guitar tapping of Nicholas Whittaker, to the shoe, hat, and strap loss of energy filled bassist Gregoree Whittaker, and chanting shouts of barefooted drummer Matthew Whittaker. Birthquake’s formula was already awesome, but the addition of the happy flute, and saxophone playing of Mark Herrera made the happy of songs like “Marshmallow Mountain Man” even better. I couldn’t stop smiling, even when they finished. Now entered the wishful image of me pulling the band around in a large red wagon for a soundtrack to my everyday adventures. Hmm, yes. Someday I will have the power to do this.

Though I was completely satisfied with the evening to stop there, up next was Broken Spindles. Knowing that lead singer Joel Petersen, also a member of The Faint, was in charge, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Broken Spindles was something new, and a lot more interesting than I could have hoped. Petersen’s deep almost robotic vocals, along side quick zombie eyed drumming were enough to keep me happy. Even more entertaining were the alternation between heavy bass, synthesizer mixes and memory man guitar bits, which sent the ecstasy dancers in the crowd into a jolting frenzy.

For a night of new music I must say two out of three being great is a success, and a great reminder that there are so many wonderful bands I have yet to hear while defying maturity.