Apr 11 -- Pittsburgh, PA -- Altar BarRead More
Apr 12 -- Toronto, ONT -- Hard Luck
Apr 13 -- Montreal, QBE -- Foufounes Electriques
Apr 14 -- Allston, MA -- Brighton Music Hall
Apr 15 -- New York, NY -- Gramercy Theatre
Apr 16 -- Philadelphia, PA -- Voltage Lounge
Apr 18 -- Baltimore, MD -- Baltimore Sound Stage
Apr 19 -- Richmond, VA -- The Canal Club
Apr 20 -- Greensboro, NC -- Greene Street Club
Apr 21 -- Atlanta, GA -- The Masquerade
Apr 22 -- Jacksonville, FL -- 1904 Music Hall
Apr 23 -- Tampa, FL -- Orpheum
Apr 24 -- Orlando, FL -- Backbooth
Apr 26 -- Houston, TX -- Scout Bar
Apr 27 -- San Antonio, TX -- Korova
Apr 29 -- St. Louis, MO -- Fubar
Apr 30 -- Indianapolis, IN -- Emerson Theater
May 01 -- Detroit, MI -- Saint Andrew’s Hall
Sleepmakeswaves was mesmerizing to watch. Their set was entirely instrumental and the crowd stood silent other than clapping in-between songs. This Australian post rock band has been around for years and put out three full length albums along with a couple of EP's but this was their first time in the United States. They are currently touring in support of their newest release Love of Cartography. Although their set was short (about forty minutes) they were able to play a couple of new songs along with a handful of old songs.
The crowd loved seeing Monuments play an instrumental set. The band members easily compensated for the lack of vocals with their pure energy and amazing music. They focused on playing songs from their newest release The Amanuensis (2014, Century Media Records) but I also noticed a few tracks from Gnosis (2012, Century Media Records). This was my first time seeing Monuments and if that's how great they sound without their singer, I can only imagine how great they are with Chris on stage alongside of them.
Entheos was another touring band on this bill. This band features ex-members of The Faceless/ Animals as Leaders/ and Animosity so it goes without saying that the music sounded great and the crowd was too stunned to really do much other than stand there and watch/ listen to the music. This female fronted band just released The Infinite Nothing but unfortunately, they were already out of stock of it last night. This release is available on Spotify, iTunes, and almost any other platform you could think of.
Headlining the night was The Contortionist from Indianapolis, Indiana. This band seems to always be touring and must love Minnesota because they were just here back in November. Last night was a great display of how much talent this band has. Singer Michael Lessard is amazing to watch as he does amazing vocal effects on his own throughout their sets. If that isn't exciting enough, watching Joey Baca on drums is sure to get you excited.
The Contortionist's music is a mix of a little bit of everything. There are times where you can definitely here the ambient influence of Brian Eno but within a split second, you hear the influence of metal great such as Meshuggah and Between the Buried and Me. Regardless of what influence you heard at whatever moment, these guys had the crowd stunned and stuck where they were. The crowd barely moved as they were completely enamored of this talented band.
The Contortionist at the Cabooze, Minneapolis (05 April 2016)