Hello? Yeah, hello? Glad I had the earplugs because, yes, it was that loud.
Good double-bill at the Vogue Tuesday night, especially if you like music that piledrives its way into your sternum. Both bands brought the heavy for an invigorating show.
APTBS opened with 40 minutes of post-hardcore shoegaze that left no room to breathe. I prefer a little more melody with a shoegaze sonic assault — Swervedriver, Ride, and Catherine Wheel hit my sweet spot — but I won’t deny the power of the three-piece. Those who’ve seen the band before said their performance worked better with an AV presentation flickering behind them. A bit more variety may have helped to break up the occasional periods of monotony. Overall, I liked the intensity. Another 20 minutes and my patience would have waned, but the opening slot worked well.
Vancouver’s Japandroids kept the rush going with their garage/punk sonic swirl. Two guys, one guitar, one drum set, and a lot of noise. The duo use a simple formula: big sing-along hooks and volume. Considering the Pacers playoff game was going across town, the turnout was strong.
The set list focused on songs from their two proper releases, Post-Nothing and Celebration Rock. The expected songs were hit, including Young Hearts Spark Fire, Nights of Wine and Roses, and House that Heaven Built. Because the band’s songs don’t vary much in tempo, the pacing was consistent throughout the set. If I could pick a standout, it would be Younger Us from the newest record. That song had a little more space for the vocals to rise above the squall.
Not a transcendent show, but a fun night of loud music. Can’t complain. What did you think?