Windless Freeze – Denver – Double Entendre, CO – 2001-03-31

Windless Freeze
Where: Denver – Double Entendre, CO.

When: 2001-03-31

The guy who runs Double Entendre record shop is a big fan of Rainy Day Regatta. How big, you may ask? He only caught half their show at a festival and was won over completely. He began pushing their three-song tour EP to the point that this show was more crowded than any I’ve seen at his shop. And because Rainy Day Regatta weren’t touring, he paid to fly them out to Denver to play this show. Now that’s commitment. Could a band be worth all that? Hell yeah.

Most shows at Double Entendre lean toward the hardcore side of the spectrum, so this was a completely different thing. It was interesting to see how many of the same people showed up for this all acoustic night and who were at all the Red Scare, Orchid, Yaphet Kotto shows. While most of the shows feature everyone crowded in a tiny space, for this night, we all sat down. It was comfortingly unique.

Windless Freeze were two men from Ft. Collins, Colorado. Playing only their first show, both people sang and played acoustic guitars, sounding somewhat similar to the style of Dashboard Confessional. They played a brand of emotional rock that sounded very tight for being on acoustic guitars and without mics. The duo said they were working on rocking out the songs in a full band setting, but as the next performer said, they should stay with the acoustic guitars.

The next performer, also from Ft. Collins, reminded me quite a bit of Elliott Smith. With beautiful guitar playing and a unique, higher pitched voice, Blake Brown played some amazingly beautiful music. The thing that I found most intriguing was how confident he was in his voice, singing several parts to the bearest of accompaniment. I was amazed at how good Brown was. For any other show, his would have been the highlight of a performance. But then two-thirds of Rainy Day Regatta took the stools. The third member of this Boston by way of Arkansas band is in Scotland or England, but the two male members were more than enough to play songs off both their full-length, their tour EP, and newer songs.

The guitarwork by this band was downright amazing, intricate and intense. And both members sang, their voices harmonizing almost perfectly. Singing songs that were sparse and repetitive and also deeply involved, somewhat folk-tinged. This was the kind of music that made you want to close your eyes and just take it in. Absolutely breathtaking, Rainy Day Regatta have the potential to be one of the most well-known and respected bands today.