Midnight Thirty – Denver – Double Entendre, CO – 2000-10-08

Midnight Thirty
Where: Denver – Double Entendre, CO.

When: 2000-10-08

Every other show that I’ve seen at Double Entendre, a small but well-stocked punk, hardcore and indie record shop, has been a hardcore show. There’s something about hearing really loud and crazy bands thrash in a very tiny space that’s a little scary. But these bands didn’t sound like they were going to hurt anyone. In fact, this was perfect music for a corner of a small record store. And even though the show went short, it was one of my favorites at this little venue.

So I had never heard of either of the two openers, who are both local bands to Denver. Midnight Thirty was pretty impressive, playing a kind of blend between Texas is the Reason and Rainer Maria with a lot more rhythm. The guitar was fairly melodic, and the male and female vocals, while not as sweet sounding as Rainer Maria, played together nicely. What made this band really impressive, however, was their drummer. This guy was all over the place, wailing away on those drums like his life depended on it. I kept standing there watching him and ignoring the rest of the music (you couldn’t hear the vocals too well anyway). Any band with a drummer as impressive and talented as this one has got to have a lot of good music ahead of it!

This was Wolftone’s first show, and they promoted it pretty well. I asked one of the members later how long they had been playing, and she said “oh, since Friday.” I think she was joking. Anyway, this four-piece band consisted of a flutist, a bass player, a drummer/percussionist, and someone working samples and recordings. They played one fairly long song, and it was quite impressive. The bass player played most of his low-end by playing the bass with a bow or fiddling with knobs to draw out and distort the sound. The flutist quite impressively (she said she is a classical flutist who “knows nothing about rock n’ roll”) gave this song a really different, really beautiful quality. And while the percussionist had a hard time doing everything at once (he beat chimes, gongs, played odd cymbal things with a bow, and still tried to play the drums), he managed to give a quite nice rhythm to the whole thing. All that over recorded voices and samples made this band very free, very interesting. I was reminded of a smaller, far looser Cerberus Shoal. I’ll have to check them out again.

Those of you not familiar with Her Space Holiday should definitely pick up the double CD out recently on Tiger Style Records. Mark Bianchi, formerly of such seminal emo-core bands like Indian Summer and Mohinder, goes electronic to play very spacey, very lovely music. Live, he and his girlfriend played the keyboards as Bianchi sang, accompanied by drum beats and other sounds. They managed to reproduce the lovely music on the new album quite well, even if Bianchi did say that the sound was really poor.

This was definitely the kind of music you wanted to just sit down for, and as Bianchi sang with his soft, lilting voice, I could see the other 25 or so people there lightly swaying and staring on. No one clapped until they finished the entire show – it wasn’t the kind of thing you wanted to interrupt. It’s not easy to reproduce electronic music like this, but I thought the two did quite well. It definitely had that lovely, melodic, spacey feel from the album.