THE LIFE AND TIMES and SLOW GIANT at the Pike Room

WEDNESDAY APRIL 22, 2009
doors at 8PM
tickets: $8 (buy tickets)

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If you were forced to guess what a band sounds like based solely upon the bands they've toured with, but without actually having heard themóas weíre all forced to at one time or another you'd be pinning the tail on the proverbial donkey with THE LIFE AND TIMES. Seemingly odd tour pairings with bands like the Johnny-Cash-flavored Murder By Death, indie folkster William Elliot Whitmore, ultra-heavy sonic juggernauts Pelican, Japanese atmospherists Mono and the urgent rockists Sparta and Engine Down have all made for smart mixed bills and paid dividends in many new fans for them. Live, the bright light and intense heat put off by the three lights The Life and Times bring on tour with them have not only given each of them exquisite tans on one arm, they provide a visual representation of what is happening on stage. As the blinding white lights bounce off their guitars and cymbals and around the room, the resulting lights and shadows are apt metaphors for the sound of three people creating mountains of sound and blissful mood. Allen Epley (gtr/vocs), Eric Abert (bass/moog) and Chris Metcalf (drums/cymbals) have added to the disrepair of interstates across the US throughout the 90's as members of Shiner, Ring Cicada and Stella Link, respectively, and have seen fads and styles fade at about the same rate as cheap jeans. The Magician EP (Stiff Slack), their fourth overall release, is a fad-free snapshot of a band thatís constantly morphing from a dragon, to a butterfly, to blinding white light, to a bird, to Godzilla, and back again, often within the space of just one song. With SLOW GIANT.

 

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