January in review
2016 has begun, and while some people may still be getting things started some bands, and venues, are off and running.
The Velour is a premier small music venue in the heart of Provo, Utah where some of Utah’s best bands have come out of and hit it big(Neon Trees and Imagine Dragons for example, if you didn’t already know). This month, they celebrated 10 years of being open on Center Street with a dizzying lineup every weekend. Westward the Tide, National Parks, and Brumby (NV) packed the walls so tight one weekend that they had to put on another show on Monday for all the spill over. These are three bands that might be some of the hottest acts in the Provo scene, so a night with all three was sure not to disappoint. Other bands rounding out the month long celebration were Fictionist, Sego, Mideau, The Moth and the Flame, The Lovestrange, and The New Electric Sound to name a few. All of these bands could use plenty back story but rest assured, most Utahn’s know them.
Songwriters Showcase at the State Room
On January 30th, 4 of what some would say are Utah’s best songwriting shared the stage at the State Room for an intimate acoustic performance in the round. Morgan Snow, Daniel Young, Ryan Tanner, and Paul Jacobsen all joined stage at the same time, each songwriter bringing someone to help them play the tunes. Each song was also accompanied by little stories of where the songs came from. Now unfortunately I am very new to this scene so I don’t know a lot about all those players. They were all definitely people who took writing songs seriously. But not too seriously. Altogether they made up a songwriter who had just moved to Nashville, 2 who had lived and moved from Nashville and someone who I believe has spent his time playing in Utah. I wanted to chat with the guys afterwards but unfortunately didn’t get the chance. If you are into Folk and Americana, check any of them out.
This month’s album review is of Your Meteor’s Byzantium. Released officially at The Urban Lounge on January 16th, it was a long time in the making. I won’t talk about the actual show as I have already posted a review of it. As for the album, I have listened to this album a few times it’s great. The album flow is perfect with all the songs having their own character and sound, stretching the genre to the breaking point. Some songs sound like an old Beatles tune off of the White album, others more straightforward with tasty guitar licks and infectious vocals. The entire album goes over very smooth and leaves me to believe this will be an album that I’ll be listening to for years and discovering new and great things every time. The only tiny qualm I have is that there does seem to be a story going on throughout the whole album but without the lyrics, I have had a little difficulty following it.