Photo of Such A Mess taken by Andrew Le
Small-scale shows have always been some of my favorites to attend because I’m always impressed by how small crowds can often fill a room with more energy than some larger crowds I’ve seen. That energy was definitely present last Wednesday at the Analog Cafe when California bands Crooked Teeth and Such A Mess made their stop in Portland.
Tj Sheridan from Quieter kicked the evening off with some acoustic songs in a split set with Malia Endres of Glacier Veins. Tj played “Best Friends, Better Halves” off of From Me To You, an untitled track from an unreleased Quieter acoustic EP, a cover of “Heregoesnothin” by Never Shout Never, and a new Quieter song titled “Alderwood.” Hearing him perform acoustically was such a treat because his vocals are so warm and gentle. Now I just wish that Quieter would release their unreleased acoustic EP.
Photo of Tj Sheridan taken by Andrew Le
Malia Endres took the stage with just as much confidence and energy as she does when she plays full band sets. This didn’t really surprise me, though, since Glacier Veins started out as her acoustic project. She played my current favorite unrecorded song, “Grows Back Slow,” as well as “Empty Apartment,” and a cover of “Wappen Beggars” by Pity Sex. When I last saw Glacier Veins, in December, they played “It’s Best If We Run” for, ‘the last time ever,’ but on Wednesday we were all fortunate enough to hear Malia finish her set with about a minute of the song because that’s all the time she had left to play.
Photo of Malia Endres taken by Andrew Le
Fighting Jazz played the first full band set of the night. This was my first time seeing them perform since they changed their name from ‘The Pavelows,’ and took some time away to grow more confident in their sound. While they’ve never been known as a singalong band, their instrumentals are just as captivating as ever. Each member of the band is very strong in their respective instruments because more often than not, the strings do most of the talking. Fighting Jazz’s unique sound adds a nice change to what I’ve come to expect at small shows.
Photo of Fighting Jazz taken by Andrew Le
I had first heard of Crooked Teeth through vocalist/bassist Tyson Evans’ previous band, Second To Last, but Wednesday night was my first time fully listening to this new project. Every song was so catchy that I already knew most of the choruses to the songs from Out Here, A Lone by the time I listened to the EP after the show. Any of those tracks could easily be standalone singles. Crooked Teeth’s music is authentically addictive. If you’re looking for some refreshing alternative-rock, then Crooked Teeth is a great place to begin.
Photo of Crooked Teeth taken by Andrew Le
Rounding out the night with emo/punk jams was Such A Mess. The few people, at the show, who were familiar with the band’s previous releases sang along to every song in their set with endless joy and energy. The feeling was infectious, and Such A Mess’ already lively performance transcended every time vocalist Sebastian Egurvide pointed the mic towards someone who was singing along. There’s been a lot of excitement surrounding Such A Mess as they get ready to release their new EP, Stay Right Where You Are, on March 10th, and based on their single, “Better Weather,” you’re not going to want to miss this EP!
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