Photo of Something More taken by Andrew Le
The Tardis Room was the place to be on Thursday night. One month into their full US tour, Maryland artists, Chris Swartz and Something More, made their stop in Portland.
The evening began with Chris Swartz belting his heavy-hearted acoustic songs. He effortlessly filled the room with his voice一no mic needed. His set easily held my attention because he possesses the energy and emotion in his music that makes an acoustic artist stand out. Swartz’s set went by quickly, but he played a handful of songs from his new EP, Slander, as well as one tune that he wrote back in high school. It’s very rare for me to discover an artist at a show and immediately begin listening to them as often as anything else in my music library, but Swartz instantly made his way onto all of my most listened to playlists. Slander is my favorite EP released so far this year, so if you’re in need of new and captivating acoustic music, then I highly recommend you check out Chris Swartz.
Portland locals, Quone, were the first full band of the night. This was my first time seeing them as a four piece, and their self-conscious stage banter showed the newness of this slight lineup change. Despite lacking full confidence, they put all of their efforts into playing a high energy set which is fitting because many of their songs are political, so their passion for what they’re playing is natural. They played some songs from their Something You Can’t Erase EP, as well as a new song that shows exciting potential for what’s to come from this band.
Malia Endres of Glacier Veins played an acoustic set which essentially served as a preview of what’s to come from the band in the future. Five of the seven songs she played were entirely new, and she added another verse to “Grows Back Slow.” My favorite new song was called “Worthy,” and I’m excited to hopefully hear it come to life as a full band someday. I’ve written about Glacier Veins more than any other artist because they’ve opened for so many shows that I’ve reviewed, but I’ve never grown tired of getting to talk about how much I love them. Don’t sleep on this band, they’re going to do big things.
ok. booking put on this show which was fitting because the company was born out of Andrew Le booking a last-minute show for Something More when they came here in July. I was stoked when the band announced this tour because a lot of smaller artists from the East Coast can only make it out here once a year. I’ve been hooked on the band’s music since they released Dogs last summer which is one of my favorite recent pop-punk records, and has some of the only songs that I never skip when they come on shuffle. I especially loved seeing Something More this time around because I’ve had time to grow with the songs, and their set on Thursday made me realize they’ve become one of my favorite bands.
The last time they played here, their set list didn’t include my favorite song from Dogs, “Keep It Going, Never Stop,” so the day before this show, I tweeted them and requested it. My wish was fulfilled, and they said that they hardly ever play it, so I’m especially glad they did because it’s such an uplifting track. The other song that Portland got to hear for the first time was “It’s Not About You Pt. II.” The band released it as a follow up to the closing track on Dogs, and it features Grace Kelly, so for the live performance of it, Malia jumped in to sing Grace’s part. Before their final song, vocalist Tim Jagielski used his time on stage to speak out against Front Porch Step and promote safe spaces before Something More closed their set with “Talk In Circles.” After talking to the band after the show, it sounds like they’re going to be making their way around the US again soon, so if you missed your local date of this tour, check out Dogs, and keep up with Something More to catch them next time!