Tonight was a charity gig in the tiny but packed Komedia Studio Bar.
Animal Magic Tricks aka Fran Donnelly is responsible for the best cover on that album of covers by Willkommen and associates, commperre Birdengine’s Heads off Dogs. She was ably abetted tonight by Jason Williams and kicked off the evening with some far out experimental sounds with a mix of strange electronic oscillations, keyboards, bleating saxophone and her lovely vocals, ending with a version of Love Hurts sounding like it had been sucked out of a David Lynch movie soundtrack. It was all kind of entrancing.
Headliners Van Coeur are a band built out of members of a number of really excellent local acts (Good Morning Captain, -A +M, 21 Crows) and play mood-enhancing drone-laden doom-folk-rock. When it was quiet it was loud, when it was soft it felt hard. The songs sounded strong with good lyrics, and musically this was a really impressive set – although I felt they could have done with co-opting Fran from Animal Magic Tricks to sing and let the guys concentrate on their twin-guitar attack.
Van Coeur (below) can be found on bandcamp http://vancoeur.bandcamp.com