Muse, a downtown staple of the Provo music scene and the only venue in town that welcomes touring acts, recently shuttered its doors at its old location and moved into a new location. Before talking about the show though, just wanted to say that this space is great. Its big, not cluttered and seems to be the perfect spot for young bands to start and continue playing at.
Opening the night was the duo Uncle Muzz. There was however a cardboard cutout of Dorothy on stage and, call me racist, but I don’t consider her a member… The band came out somewhat improvisational, and being that they were playing along to a drum track, is a tall task. The first tune was long, heavy, and involved some sweet jamming. It’s unfortunate that so many bands in Utah have so much trouble finding a solid drummer but props to these guys for not letting them hold them back. There was some well delivered syncopation with the drums, and their individual parts were delivered flawlessly. Seriously very talented musicians the both of them.
Hectic Hobo then got up in a four piece format. Hectic Hobo is one of the few bands that have actually toured a little through Wyoming and Colorado and gave me the idea that hitting the road wasn’t impossible. Though they were missing their bassist and piano player, they sounded great. It was almost more fun seeing them with a drummer, acoustic guitar, accordion (or squeeze box and lead sing Hasen called it), and fiddle/saw. Great songs and for sure, a fun bar band to see.
Last was Lost in Bourbon and they were explosive. Loud guitars, Elvis type dance moves from the lead singer/guitarist, and all around bad asses. I have seen them on bills anywhere and everywhere from Salt Lake to Provo and I can now see why. They know how to put on a good show and wrapped up a really solid lineup.