Last Night: Octopus Project, Bring Back the Guns at Numbers
Octopus Project, Bring Back the Guns
October 4, 2007
Better than: Watching the Cleveland Indians whip the New York Yankees 12-3 in Game 1 of the American League Division Series, which is saying something.
Download: “Ghost Moves” or “Vanishing Lessons” from the Octopus Project’s brand-new album, Hello, Avalanche.
After everything Bring Back the Guns went through to get their new album Dry Futures out, they should have known better than to expect the CD release show to go off without a hitch. And sure enough, when guitarist Erik Bogle plugged his instrument into his amp, it fried. Luckily he was able to borrow one from old friends/headliners Octopus Project, but, as he said later, “it’s like putting on a play and your costume’s supposed to be a tuxedo, but they say, ‘Well, all we have is this bikini.’”
If Bogle’s misfortune threw BBTG off their game any, it didn’t show during their cathartic set. Opening with Futures’ “Radio Song,” wiry frontman Matt Brownlie jerked, jumped and flung himself pell-mell across the stage, his spastic movements mirroring the music’s jittery vocals and guitar parts. Drummer Thomas Clemmons, his parts as animated as Brownlie, broke into a sheen of sweat visible from several yards away, while bassist Ryan Hull stood like a statue as his lumbering basslines acted like the glue holding BBTG’s schizophonic sound together. Their music seems to be based on duality - tension/release, quiet/loud, pensive/unhinged - and it was all there Thursday.
Personal Bias: I’ve known the Lamberts socially for years, and they’re about the nicest people on the planet. So is drummer Toto Miranda, one of my housemates at the 21st Street Co-Op in Austin about a decade ago. Even if they were complete strangers, though, I’d still think their band is awesome.
By the Way: Apologies to openers Satin Hooks, whom I missed. I saw them at the most recent Houston Press Music Awards Showcase and recommend them highly. Unfortunately, I’m still not used to walking into a club at 9:30 p.m. and the second band of three is about to start. In Austin, they wouldn’t even be done with sound check at 9:30.
Random Detail: The Lamberts and Miranda all grew up in Houston, and both Josh and Yvonne’s parents were at the show. – Chris Gray