MUSIC: California Smile Unleashes Dense and Intense EP at Fete
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Pink Eye was up first and they sent chills down my spine right when I walked into the room. Scorching guitar riffs and drumming that nearly made the stage cave in brought sheer loudness and vigor that made my jaw drop. "Breach", "Patchwork", "Strike" and "Two Part Catch" highlighted a set that put me in a trance while watching Pink Eye nearly blow the roof off the place. I've never seen these guys play before and they left a skull-numbing impression on me, hopefully Pink Eye will grace Providence with their presence again sometime in the near future.
With everyone performing on the floor while their drummer was on the stage, Sideshow was up next with an in your face stage presence that you couldn't ignore. Reminding me of bands like As I Lay Dying and Thursday, Sideshow turned the amps to 11 for a emphatic experience that had the audience in a shroud of excitement. Now I'll be honest, I'm very skeptical when it comes to post-hardcore bands. Most of the time they are too whiny, lack intestinal fortitude and are way too damn repetitive. Sideshow were pretty good though, proof that any band that has been around for a while can get better and better as long as they continue doing what they love.
Last up and officially granting their Dense And Intense EP to the captivated audience, California Smile took the stage and wowed everybody with their spaced out instrumentals. Sounding like a mix between King Crimson and Italian progressive rock band Goblin, California Smile's epic riffs of their guitars, symphonic notes on the keys, hyper-rhythmic drumming and steady bass lines providing the backbone during the performance had me hooked. "Erecting Nero Mountain", "Two Hares", "Magical Potion #2", "Prom Song" and "No Boring" was simply out of this world. Speaking of out of this world, grab a copy of California Smile's Dense And Intense EP. It'll cure that fix for uniquely magnificent music that you've been looking for. Another great show at Fete, log on to fetemusic.com for all the information on when the next show is that you just can't miss.
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