TW WALSH BAND, FRANCINE and MILL POND FALLS presented by Shake and Howdy!
Thursday 9/3 - SHAKE AND HOWDY PRESENTS
TW WALSH BAND
MILL POND FALLS
$8 advance / $10 at the door
8:00 doors / 9:00 show (Mill Pond Falls at 9:00 / Francine at 10:00 and TW Walsh Band at 11:00)
TW Walsh is a songwriter, musician and mastering engineer. He is also an ex-member of Pedro the Lion, Headphones and The Soft Drugs.
Francine is the band fronted by Clayton Scoble. A master of understatement, Scoble has been hailed by The Boston Globe as "one of this city's most imaginative songwriters," and Francine's songs compared to "pieces of a jigsaw puzzle whose picture materializes incrementally." Though dormant for lengthy periods of time Francine occasionally dusts themselves off and plays a gig. Like tonight for example!
Mill Pond Falls is brand new indie rock fronted by one of the cities most revered bassists: Joe McMahon
More on TW Walsh...
In August 2003, Walsh joined Pedro the Lion, led by David Bazan. The two would also collaborate on Bazan's Headphones project. Walsh was, aside from Bazan, the only other official member of Pedro the Lion, and was heavily involved in the recording of Pedro the Lion's Achilles Heel. Citing personal and financial reasons, Walsh left both projects in late 2005, after which Bazan retired the Pedro the Lion moniker. In 2009 Walsh mixed and mastered Bazan's Curse Your Branches album.
In 2006, Walsh released the EP In Moderation for his new solo project, The Soft Drugs. In 2009 they released Get Back Side A with a new lineup.
Walsh also provided musical and production assistance for other artists, including Sufjan Stevensfor whom he mastered All Delighted People and The Age of Adz[;1];[;2];Starflyer 59, Bosque Brown, Heidi Saperstein, Willard Grant Conspiracy, Crystal Skulls, Emergency Music, and Brian Michael Roff and the Deer.
More on Francine
Francine, the Boston quintet led by singer / songwriter Clayton Scoble (ex-Poundcake), have downshifted their sound from the spit-shined power pop that defined it around the turn of the century. They've become purveyors of chilling spectral pop. Now things operate by cautious design, in incandescent streaks of painted movement. Flares of guitar echo and manipulated tape, a rhythm section caught in self-sustaining Pavlovian flux. The chime of steel strings and clench of bass frequencies caught in a gentle spin cycle. Airshow, the band's third LP, details the fruits of this gradual transition with a photographic kind of proof, its cumulative effect dreamlike and disorienting.
So instead of relying on the big meaty hooks of past triumphs like 2000's Forty on a Fall Day, Francine is now hunting mood and banking on the power of reinforced texture. It's a tricky move, no doubt, not as instantly agreeable or as obvious as the feisty rock rave-up, but one that has even more satisfying returns over time and commitment. Down from the high-altitude rush of a song like "Trampoline", down even from the sweetly motored resignation of "Fake Fireplace Things", the so-called "catch" songs on Airshowthose that could represent the album as singleshibernate within their would-be roles. "Zeros and Ones", "Connectionless", and "Ugly but Rakish" are thrilling in their own anti-thrill way: they don't cater to wham-bam rock craves, but to subtler gestures of concentrated repetition. This is a band with more Tortoise than T. Rex on the brain.
The Lizard Lounge (View)
1667 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|