Mich. -- Thursday night at the Loving Touch in Ferndale
saw Vancouver’s The Shilohs open at 10 pm with a set reminiscent
of the more contemporary alternative of years past. A song by
1: A slow
build-in for warm-up purposes
2: A “Radio Free Europe” interpretation with more
drift in the progression.
3: The jangles and harmonizing are Crickets-like, yet the rhythm
aimed for Cornershop at a jog pace.
4: Came off as U2’s “All I Want is You” in lyric
delivery, with a mashup of Hootie’s “Time” and
INXS’ “Stay with Me” making up the riff and
5: Presented a nice touch through its lead riff going nighttime
like many alt ballads before.
6: Though “About a girl from Chicago,” as the lead
singer attested, Cornershop lingers in again on this one.
7: The 60s-tinged “La la la” is always a good closer.
8: That’s not jangling. That’s the string equivalent
of tinkling (no, not that, though the band was getting their fill).
9: “This one’s for Tim. We played it at a barbecue,
and he told me he liked it.” Slow and feet dragging, it
becomes folk rock in its low to high to low vocal spectrum.
the break, the Fresh and Onlys performed preliminary numbers before
launching into their full House of Spirits album.
introductory riff seemed to reverse the “Louie Louie”
2: Enjoyed the surf licks lingering behind the bass and main guitar
as they roar along, at 55 of course.
3: Good start that helps get early dance hesitance out of the
4: Vocals are rather close to Peter Schilling.
6: Now we’ve reached 80's crooner peaks. And holy shit,
channeling David Gilmour definitely requires the right moment.
This was one of those moments.
7: Quite the steadfast march regarding its message.
8: Now it’s at 80 m.p.h.!
9: 85 now? The subtle rockabilly/surf licks are back at least,
but now with closing feedback!
10: So two decades got skipped with the crooning style becoming
more 50s on this one.
11: Nice to pick up on the voice and guitar building up their
reverb effects for the rush home.
12: Moderate yet loud as a hall-clearing performance.
more information about The Shilohs, visit www.theshilohs.com;
For more about Fresh and Onlys, visit thefreshandonlys.blogspot.com.