Niantic, Tarah Who?, The Gutter Daisies, Ever So Android At The Satellite, Thursday December 27th 2018
The holidays are often not a good time for shows, they become quite rare at this time of the year, but the Satellite had an indie night with four bands I never had the chance to see perform live, so there was no excuse to skip it.
Niantic was a quartet with a melodic and hard-hitting rocking sound, venturing among diverse influences, from pop to maybe prog rock. Their moniker, which is apparently the name of an Indian tribe from Connecticut, brought some mystery into their otherwise very dynamic stage presence, fueled by an urgency trapped inside their maze-like compositions. In the end, it was some intense 30 minutes, a passionate and somewhat dramatic cocktail of bouncy bass and guitar, shaken up by very energetic drums.
Tarah Who? was led by the mighty Tarah G. Carpenter, who was switching between guitar and a large drum set at the edge of the stage. Surrounded by Coralie Hervé on drums and Joey Southern on bass, the music was all restless beats and powerful delivery, especially because of the double drumming and the dominance of the rhythm section. Like some explosive punk party with matching screams, they played a cathartic grunge-inspired music with a savage attitude and a raw delivery, and if I was not surprised to see the names of bands such as Foo fighters, The Distillers, Nirvana, or Pearl Jam among their inspiration, Alanis Morissette (also listed) was more surprising because of the often icy to aggressive delivery… but maybe that was the point. All set-long, they adopted a warrior attitude with punk dissonance and droning bass, climaxing into a liberating cymbals-and-screams in unison.
With the Gutter Daisies, we were back to the power chords without losing anything energy-wise. The trio started with very impressive pop songs sung with a furious conviction and a sort of Weezer vibe. They have a debut EP, entitled ‘Social Insecurity’ which features a cover of the Beastie Boys ‘Sabotage’, which they naturally performed with the same bouncy-athletic attitude… and I must say that the vocals were close to perfection. Their power-choruses were delivered with a large dose of humor and Converse-shoes punk stage antics, while a few other numbers turned into an explosive fervor, transforming the Satellite into a loud funhouse.
Ever So Android was headlining the night and the duo didn’t disappoint with a distorted tempest of electro-rock fronted by a woman with the right attitude. With a Karen O swagger and a Siouxsie-inspired punk hairdo, Hope Simpson was moving at ease over dark electronica and the loops of Drew Murray’s rattling guitar, channeling the electro-rock dancefloor masters with a mix of soul and punk anger in the vocals. This year, the Seattle-via-Los-Angeles duo has released an EP titled ‘Castles’ filled with their dark and confident industrial soundscapes which have often been compared to Nine Inch Nails’, but last night at the Satellite, they were fearlessly riding their own tumult.