Monday, December 26, 2011

December Veracity

We rescheduled the December Veracity to 12-21-11 due to a conflict and I was worried about confusion about the date affecting attendance; turns out there was no need to worry.
The Now & Thens December Veracity 8
We got the best crowd since I've been booking Veracity shows, total around 70. The photo only catches some of the crowd, it went back further and more people were on the stairs and the walk way. Definitely a tribute to the bands, which did a good job bringing in the crowd. The show is much more fun with a good crowd!

First up was the Now & Thens
The Now & Thens December Veracity 20
Two guitars, bass and drums, sound ranges from a bit punk to more rock and roll, appealing young band.

Good guitar oriented rock, and they definitely brought in a crowd.

Next up was Trimtab
Trimtab December Veracity 12
Power trio lineup with guitar, bass and drums, and no vocals. Instrumental music is a bit more challenging to get across and with a trio it's even more so, no rhythm guitar or keyboard to fill in, no vocals and less melodic emphasis, but Trimtab pulled it off.

It's not a sound I hear a lot today, but I've always been fond of it. The song above has a slightly ska sounding rhythm guitar bit and a busy drum line filling the sound, it had me bouncing around. The bass player has a 5 string bass and occasionally played bar chords, allowing him to step in and provide rhythm guitar type touches while the lead guitarist played leads in the foreground. Nice stuff!

The headliners were The Bridge and the Beat
The Bridge and the Beat December Veracity 4
They had a lead vocalist, 2 guitars, bass, keyboards, and drums. They also brought some young kids (maybe 4 or 5 year olds) which I find appealing. The lead vocalist was appealing and her interactions with her toddler were pretty amusing.

I kept about a minute of intro on this song, it's worth the delay for the toddler and the explanation of the song. Interesting progression into the song, mid tempo as the instruments join in, builds nicely as it goes. The deeper band pays off in the way they are able to vary the sound within the song.

This one is called "Sail" if I heard them right, another nice original composition. Interesting transition almost 2 minutes in, ratchets up the intensity.

This was probably my most successful Veracity show yet and it was good to see lots of kids (and toddlers) attending the show. School being out for Christmas break may have contributed, but I think it was mostly a credit to the bands that the attendance was so good.

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