Like a travelling road-show coming into town, almost the entire cast of the compilation “Victoria’s Secret 2019” (Baffled Octopi Records) descended on the Copper Owl on August 15th for a heady night of diverse local music.
The early crowd were treated to a few sets of experimental music, starting with Always a Bad Thing (featuring Nick Roland). The duo spun an odd but enjoyable mixture of bass-driven eletronica and dark folk before giving over the stage to The Purveyors of Free Will who performed a bass’n’drum number with eerie vocals chanted through a megaphone.
Next up was the intriguing sounds of general gruff. The electronic musician blared out wild and unpredictable electronic sounds, while the singer (who looked like a ’60s beach guru) kept pace with equally wild vocalizations. Following them was the artist L.L, who held the room captive through her freeform violin and fascinating theremin work. The percussion grew more pronounced as the set progressed, culminating in a final song that featured fearsome vocals that rattled the soul.
Winnie Richards (more of a bandname than an actual person) presented a “stripped-down” backing group, with only two acoustic guitars accompanying “Richards” on vocals. Although willowy and sweet, her vocals were also strong and compelling, and more than enough to carry her exquisitely written songs with a minimal of accompaniment. Having said that, the guitar work was sweet and had some nice solos.
The room was full by the time The Hex hit the stage and the band gave them what they came for — loud, rollicking garage rock, with the emphasis on loud. The band was tight and they were clearly enjoying themselves. Lead singer David Chenery blasted out song after song, with a voice filled with both charismatic melody and grind-it-to-the-floor grit.
The evening closed (quite aptly) with the blues-rock duo Tremblers of Sevens. Guitarist-vocalist Wise filled the air with his atmospheric, wailing guitar, and gave a good growly bite to the lyrics. Meanwhile, Rad punctuated the entire affair with her thunderous drumming. A fitting end to a strangely eclectic night.