A fusion of laid-back folk blues with indie progressive rock sounds
navigate outside the open door onto Fifth Avenue. On a typical
Monday night a Columbus, Ohio passerby may look inside Victorian’s
Midnight Café to expect fewer occupants. But tonight, each chair
inside the restaurant bar café is occupied by an intent listener.
Some are sitting in groups, while others sit alone. Despite the venue’s
warm temperature a handful stick it out, leaning against the back
wall. Stools are full of bodies with heads angled away from the bar,
looking toward the left.
On stage to debut their first full live set is a local multitalented sestet:
Draped behind the stage was a stitched banner, on which an image
of two birds hold a scroll with the band’s name. Scattered on tables
were buttons embedded with official logos for attendees to take.
Throughout the set a wide-range of backing vocals matched an equal
array of instruments to collectively compliment the band’s uniquely
mixed folk-rock sound: concertina, piano, guitar (Ian Iott); banjo, keys
(James Hollis); and bass (Kyle Kingman).
The crowd’s eyes were drawn to lead singer and guitarist Travis
Bunner’s fisted elbow pulls as he grabbed for various styles, pitches
and lyrics of energetic emotion that engaged the audience’s ear. At
one point Bunner spotlighted his ambidextrous vocal styles by
bursting into a fast-paced rap.
Greg Vieira’s prevailing guitar solos aligned with smooth full-band
instrumental builds to interrupt some lengthy songs with precision.
Although dominated by original songs (“Will and Tom,” “Erect,”
“Sandboxes,” "Happiness In Pills," and “Matchmaker” among
others), the crowd was pleased to sing along with two covers,
including Cold War Kids’ “Hang Me Up to Dry.”
Following a brief break in the near total two hour performance,
drummer Will Fleeter showcased his multi-talent by performing
“Preen” on an acoustic guitar. Bunner bellowed the song’s
melancholy lyrics in a Lou Reed style.
On this night, The Glance filled Vic’s and arrested the audience with
solid, fresh music and catchy, memorable choruses. As the band
prepares for in-studio recordings later this month, it’s assured this is
only the beginning—The Glance has combined the right elements and
created a new chemical bond that has potential to dissolve other
bands who attempt this genre of music.
|The Glance debut a solid first full performance
show date: Aug. 3, 2009 N. SHUMATE, OUT OF THE BLUE posted: Aug. 7, 2009
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