Christmas Under the Sea Tour – The Basement, Columbus Ohio 11/30/07

This was an indie rock show so if you’re one of my devoted metalhead readers, keep that in mind as you read below.  The show consisted of 4 varied acts all which fall under the vague heading of ‘alternative’ – what we used to call ‘college rock’ back in the day.

First up was Deas Vail, a very mellow soft rock outfit from Russellville, Arkansas.  Undeniably talented but very lowkey in presentation, they sported a lilting voiced singer, haunting keyboard melodies and an energetic, yet misplaced, drummer right out of a Mastodon video.  Still, for a melancholy vibe on a rainy day, you can’t beat their song ‘Shoreline’ and I would recommend them for a listen.

Next up were Treaty of Paris, who play a Punk infused blend of Pop and Rock.   Fairly spirited in execution, this fivesome out of Chicago played a tireless set of radio friendly hooks that pumped up the small crowd nicely.  Best song was probably ‘Waking Up the Dead’, which borrows a page or two from Fallout Boy and the like.

Third to take the stage was Edison Glass, whose new CD I reviewed earlier this month.  Difficult to label as their music seems to combine several genres, coming across as a clever mixture of early alt rock with a smattering of Jazz and even some Punk overtones.  What stood out to me almost immediately was the sheer power and effort these guys put into their live show.  Rarely have I seen a band who seemed so on the verge of hurting themselves, such was their focus on the intricate crafting of each song.   Switching vocal duties between bassist Josh “Mountain” Morin & guitarist Joshua Silverberg, accompanied by guitarist James Usher and drummer Joe Moran, their setlist ran the gamut from the upbeat ‘Let Go’ to the mid-tempoed ‘Time is Fiction’ to the more sorrowful ‘All Our Memories’.  The later really seemed to test the vocals of a seemingly ailing Mountain, as the higher parts were either brought down an octave, or left off entirely.  Nonetheless, the guys were all over the stage and entertaining to watch as they playfully, and industriously, performed.

Edison Glass on stage at The Basement, Columbus Ohio 11/30/07
Last, but certainly not least, was Missouri’s own Ludo.  Apparently inspired by acts such as Weezer, They Might Be Giants & maybe Monty Python (!?), their irreverent brand of Nerd Rock was part Power-pop, part hard rocking anthems, and a blast to enjoy.  Frontmen guitarist/vocalist Andrew Volpe and keyboardist Tim Convy showed a flair for excellent musicianship combined with humor & stage presence, backed by guitarist Tim Ferrell, bassist Marshall Fanciullo and drummer Matt Palermo.  Songs such as ‘Hum Along’, ‘Love Me Dead’ and the infectiously melodic ‘Save Our City’ showcased each musicians prowess, framed within unusual lyrics about time travel, zombies & pterodactyls.  Yes, pterodactyls.  But what do you expect from a band who release a music video of people brushing their teeth !?  They do get bonus points for closing with a decent rendition of Faith No More’s ‘Epic’.

So there you have it – four diverse bands that accentuate the bill by offering a variety of styles and techniques, that at the end of the day made you glad you’d witnessed it.  Non-pretentious (they each had to roadie themselves, for cris-sakes!) and approachable by the masses, it was definitely a show worth catching while supporting bands that felt appreciative of the attention.

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