Once again, I headed over to House of Targ on Wednesday for their first all ages show. Providence, Rhode Island's Downtown Boys have been generating raves for their politically charged and charged-up live performances, Ottawa's Weed Mom have made a splash with their amphibian odd-pop and Chicago -to-L.A. transplants The Treasure Fleet happened to be in the area, so what more do you need?!?
I missed Weed Mom's bathrobe-clad show at Gabba Hey in March, so I'm glad my natural-born slow-pokery meant I only missed their first tune this time around. I should probably reactivate my camera's autofocus after this shot, though.
Just in time for Tyrin to step out from behind the drums to sing one.
Zoe works the keys.
Sacha plays bass.
Allie hits! (Allie also performs solo under the Trails moniker in a dreamy psyche mode.)
Then it's back to the guitar.
Kai rounds out the band on guitar.
More Zoe and Sacha!
And so on!
The Treasure Fleet was formed by Chicago's Isaac Thotz (who has played with The Arrivals, among others) and Lawrence Arms' Neil Hennessy, among others. Their latest album, Sun Machine, was created alongside a film and a novella and sounds like a harmonious, jangly and sunny affair.
Neil handles the low end.
The band has been through a few members, but I believe this is Jon Olson and Mike Oberlin, drummer for many, many bands.
The crowd goes wild!
Downtown Boys played a really killer set, but I'm starting with a few soundcheck photos because that was the only time anyone was standing still. Here's saxophonists Adrienne and Emmett! (Also bassist
Dan Schleifer and bassist Norlan Olivo!)
Singer Victoria Ruiz and guitarist-singer Joey L. DeFrancesco round out the combo.
The shouty bit!
Even more Victoria!
Greenish action with Norlan!
Norlan goes behind the back.
Dance party action!
Audience participation action!
Norlan provides some percussive assistance while Dan works the crowd.