“This is a good show for a Monday”
These were the true words spoken by Bear of Heaven’s Jon Philpot between songs as the fairly packed High Noon Saloon took in the last of three good up-and-coming indie bands on July 19th.
The three ladies of Mountain Man from Vermont opened. Being the band that originally attracted me to this show after falling in love with their song “Animal Tracks” earlier this year, it was unfortunate that I could only catch about half of their set. However, I did get to see them play my favorite song and their charmingly girlish harmonies were well-worth the stress of getting there. The ladies played a lot of songs off of their newly released album, Made the Harbor to a crowd sitting around the stage.
Next was Twin Sister, out of Long Island, NY. Dressed in your typical indie-hipster getup– including with hand-made sparkly, pipe-cleaner headbands (which I fully envied), Twin Sis took the stage. Having only recently listened to their entire album, their live performance made me wonder why I never really got into them before. The lead singer, Andrea’s breathy voice paired well with their pop-y, upbeat music got the audience off of the floor and dancing. The group played most of the tracks off of their 2010 album, Color Your Life.
Finally, Bear in Heaven played a much louder, experimental set. They transformed the stage at the High Noon into a light show with red and white strobe lights, and smoke machines, adding an extra layer of drama to their music. They played a lot of songs off of their highly-praised album, Beast Rest Forth Mouth. While I was a little too exhausted to fully give into the energy of the show, they got everyone nodding their heads and humming along to their synthy single, “Lovesick Teenagers”. Before the show, I got a chance to interview the guys about their success with Pitchfork and their tour so look out for that in the near future.