The Tenant, Surfer Blood, Monotonix 1.26.10

Lineup: Basements of Florida, Yip-Yip, The Tenant, Surfer Blood, Monotonix, Waxfang

What a great night! Parafora Presents celebrated their third anniversary of organizing consistently stellar artist lineups @BackBooth to a packed and appreciative house. The roster of bands was diverse enough for any and all indie tastes, and you were guaranteed to run into at least five of your closest friends. DJ @Waxfang apparently broke his back the week or so prior but was still in attendance, keeping the crowd amped during the downtime in between sets. I’m disappointed that I missed Basements of Florida AGAIN (got there late, sue me), so I’ll have to make it a point to go to a show specifically to see them in the near future.

Yip-Yip went on second, to a crowd that didn’t quite know what to do with them. I had been looking forward to witnessing their art rock presence, and I have to say I enjoyed the experience. Their extensive gear cases obstructed them from view, hiding their matching berets, white jumpsuits and matching 80’s Oakleys. The vocalist even called saxophonist a stupid asshole for missing a downbeat at one point, while the hipsters stood and stared. 3/5 stars, for the win!

The Tenant holds a special place in my heart and it was great to see them play to a hometown crowd, especially with vocalist Brad Register’s move to Austin, TX to manage a bar down there. They played all the best tracks from their Visitors/Is Listening EP/7″ set, and even held our attention while they switched out their faulty kick drum mid-set. The sound was great all night but was especially apparent during their set, where you could actually hear the nuances of Register’s keyboard playing. 5/5 stars, as always.

I was highly anticipating Surfer Blood‘s turn on the BB stage, and I was pleasantly surprised to see how tight the songs were live. Vocalist John Paul Pitts looked prepubescent in a striped polo and crew cut, but his raspy howl and effortless instrumentation won over the packed house. A week after the release of Astro Coast, their first LP, the college dudes were jubilant and happy to be playing their “new” music to welcoming ears. 4/5!

Monotonix. All I can say is that the atmosphere in the pit was one of the best of my adult life. Picture three Israelis in short shorts playing in the middle of the crowd with no barriers. They wove their way through the pit area and into the bar, and even led the masses outside onto Pine street where vocalist Ami Shalev jumped from a street sign into their waiting arms. So much love, so much music. 10/5 stars!

Happy birthday, Parafora Presents! It was a fantastic evening. Here’s to many more!

iO

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