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Metavari & Years @ Greyhouse Summer Concert Series (West Lafayette, IN)

July 10, 2010

If you drove through the Northwestern/State intersection last night, you were likely annoyed by all the hipsters spilling off the sidewalk and into the street. Years front man, Jordan Banks, even had to ask the crowd to step onto the sidewalk between songs. Roughly 60 music fans showed up for a mellow, yet provocative concert just outside of Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co. This is the first of four shows in Greyhouse’s weekly summer series.

YearsWest Lafayette band Years started things off with tracks from their 2009 album “Don’t Be Scarred.” Originally a solo act, they’ve smoothly transitioned to a quartet. They remind me of Ryan Adams and the Cardinals plus Elliot Smith, yet with a controlled ebullience. Years’ strengths include spot on live vocals and creative instrumental arrangements that maintain your interest. Their stage presence felt a little less lively than last time I saw them, but that may have had to do with an older gentleman who loudly implored the bassist to play some classic blues. Immediately.

He rocked out, regardless.

Next up was Metavari, an artsy instrumental band hailing from Fort Wayne. They did a bang up job, even with a new drummer and (apparently) a missing guitarist. I can only imagine what they sound like as a full set. They overlaid drums, keyboard, and bass over retro audio tracks. Visuals (a mix of clips you’d expect to see in a 1950s science film/news reel) projected across the street onto the side of a brick building. I liken them to be a mellower, less theatrical Terrible Spaceship. Or perhaps a Terrible Spaceship plus Postal Service minus vocals. As a TS fan, I’m excited to see other musicians working through this vein. Even without vocals, they were entertaining to watch. I found myself glancing at the visualizations only a few times. You could tell all three guys were engrossed by their performance, deeply attuned to their instruments and to each other. Keyboard especially had great energy.

Their last piece was more of an “experiment” according to keyboardist, Nate. During last year’s tour through the Midwest and East coast, they recorded random conversations and noise from the cities they visited. This was then amalgamated, set to music, and released as Ambling EP. It was interesting to listen to, although I could not make out as much background recordings as I expected. I picked up their 2009 album, “Be One of Us and Hear No Noise”–it’s definitely worth a listen!

Overall, I was impressed by the turn out. Lafayette, IN is dead in the summer. Survivors typically congregate in bars. There is life in this town yet?


Girl At The Show

P.S. Thanks for reading my first entry!





4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 11, 2010 8:40 pm

    Congratulations on your new blog! Great photos of what’s going on at Purdue over the summer. Can’t wait to read your next entry!

    • August 2, 2010 1:57 pm

      Hey, I keep forgetting to thank you for the kind words. We really appreciate it, and look forward to seeing you again. Be well!

  2. August 2, 2010 2:52 pm

    Thanks, Jordan! I’ll probably see guys around Greyhouse 🙂


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