Spirit Lake @ Doug Fir
Joined by Souvenir Driver and Hawkeye
It was a rousing night of rock at the Doug Fir last night, each band taking the genre and putting its own special touch to it. That meant one thing of course: it was loud.
Souvenir Driver was a multifaceted band. Its songs were very layered with influences, sometimes immediate like Arcade Fire, sometimes straight Doo wop like Buddy Holly. Although any 50's or 60's mentions may be from the old school microphone the lead singer clung to at times. The vocals themselves were a bit more broody than these styles would usually yield, with just the right amount of angst added. However, the lovely keyboardist's tone often reminded me of a sea chanty at times.
The bassist from Souvenir Driver did double duty last night, playing with the next band Hawkeye as well. This group was a mish-mash of styles and personalities, though the members seemed to be pretty close, based on all the onstage chatter. The tamborine girl was enough of a stage show, watching her keep up with the riff rock was enough to exhaust anyone. The sounds ranged from a tripped out 70's southern rock band, to heavier Wilco or Blitzen Trapper at times. This band would probably be comfortable at anything from a Swap Meet to a funeral, and in between. The often heavy instrumental sections were enough to floor a lot of the crowd, and we all felt rock come back to life for a just a second.
Spirit Lake finally came to the stage to celebrate its EP release, of Between Me and the Mountain. The lead singer Travis Ferguson's often manic yells mixed well with the band's furious tempos. The drummer himself was the force that orchestrated the band's often flailing movements, the sound pulling blues and rustic roots rock from thin air. The ferocious guitar work kept things primal enough for the crowd to feel the urgency of the songs. When Ferguson did his best Dave Grohl scream, as the afroed bassist laid down a thick groove, we all felt the fever that fueled these tunes. Head over to the band's CD Baby to grab the new EP.