Friday, February 18, 2011

Chris Bathgate (2/16/11)

This show was the first of a three-night marathon for me at the Beachland Tavern, and I couldn't think of any better place - or bands - for this to happen with.  I first discovered Chris Bathgate when scouring Beachland's schedule for my monthly Spangle article.  As soon as I heard No Silver, I was hooked.  Besides Brian Straw and The Modern Electric were opening.  Done and Done.

Caught the tail end of Brian Straw, who I would consider having one of the best local voices.  Though The Modern Electric brought the energy.  These guys continue to get better and better and I'd see them any chance I get (speaking of which, they're playing Brite Winter Festival on Sat.).

The Modern Electric (2/16/11)

Unfortunately, the healthy crowd there was mostly there to see them.  The place kinda cleared out before Chris Bathgate, which was a bummer, except for being able to score a table front & center.  What transpired was not at all what I expected.  Chris walks out with a Union Jack electric guitar (Oasis edition), which we later found out he got for free.  He also had a modified suitcase outfitted with loop machine - which just tickles my fancy.  This was not the folky sound I expected, but I couldn't have been happier.

Chris Bathgate (2/16/11)

Chris Bathgate (2/16/11)

What I particularly loved about this show was how appreciative he was of those who stayed, and continued to build these great, looped compositions.  Here's a sample.

His new album, Salt Year, is out in April 26.  I am all over that.

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