Friday, June 28th, 2013 – Disrupting the Harmony

There were some big things going down at the Curtain Club this night, specifically, not one, but two CD release shows.

Yes, in a pretty rare event two bands who were releasing new albums ended up on the same bill, and even better yet, both had even performed at the Broadcasting for Boobies benefit concert WhiskeyBoy Radio orchestrated last year. Since that I’ve personally felt like I owed both bands, which were Triple SP and Enamored, and catching a show that’s such a milestone for each of them seemed like the perfect way to finally repay them.

Triple SP was up first, and due to traffic, I was cutting it pretty close, but got there with just a few minutes to spare before the Fort Worth based band began.

Some wicked guitar lines with a slight hint of feedback got things going, Bryan Motleys’ fingers moving swiftly and gracefully over his guitars strings as they ripped into “My Someday”. The primarily instrumental song no doubt came to life once singer and fellow guitarist Derek Procter, along with Brian Scheid  and Jacob Bobo, the bass player and drummer, respectively, joined the mix, as the quartet rocked out in a very tight manner. That track is part of five-song concept story arc they put on this new album “Disrupting the Harmony”, and those five songs mesh together pretty fluidly. So, as soon as it ended Brian welcomed everyone to the show, thanking them for coming out, and then announced the subsequent track on the record that his band mates had already bled the music into. “…This is Definition of Insanity!” he shouted. He even did about half of the singing on that track, with Derek handling the first verse, while Brian yelled/sang the second.

Granted, they were only two songs in, but thus far their set had a killer flow, one that was disrupted at this point when Jacob asked if he could borrow a kick pedal from one of the other bands. “…The spring broke…” he stated. That took a couple of minutes, and while it was an inconvenience, stuff like that happens, and it didn’t throw them off their game for the rest of the night.

One of the other bands did come to their rescue, and once they had that other pedal Derek started them into one of the handful of fan favorite songs from their “Transmissions” album, “Behind Your Back”. Something that was new to me on this song was the three part harmonies they incorporated on the chorus, with both Bryan and Brian singing along with Derek. “…Things that you say never mattered anyway…” the trio sang, sounding downright incredibly, and Derek also owned his guitar solo during the song.

Jacob, who is a newer addition to the outfit, wound them right into their next song, which was “State of Mind”, and during it showed really off some of his chops by tossing one of his drumsticks in the air at the end of the first chorus, doing it in a very clean, fluid motion. Derek ditched his guitar for their next couple of songs, and with some heavy low end bass riffs Brian brought them into one of the instant classics from their new record, “You Can Be Anyone”, which sends a bit of an inspiring message. “…You can be anyone you want. You can be anyone you need…” Derek sings repeatedly during the song, and as he did so this night he took advantage of not being stationed in front of the mic, moving all about the stage and acted very comfortable as just a front man.

They kept that format for another killer rock number, “Lost”, then Derek picked his guitar back up as they kicked things up a few notches with “I Want it All”. Their momentum may have been interrupted early on, but there was no denying they were on fire at this point, and next Brain enticed the audience by telling them they were going to do another “fan favorite” from their first record. That fan favorite was “The Outsider”. Afterwards, they cranked out another track from the new album, “Alone”, and I found it interesting that over the last few new songs they had been working their way up (“You Can Be Anyone” is track five, while “Alone” is two, so you get the gist.) And now, with time enough for one last song, it was clear what it was going to be. Brian was the one who segued them into it by saying, “…As the Beastie Boys used to say, this is the first song off our brand new album!” he roared excitedly before they tore into “Symptom”, which capped off their 38–minute long set, in epic fashion I might add.

They brought their A game for this show, that was obvious, and that resulted in this being the best of the now three Triple SP shows that I’ve seen. I loved the fact that they bridged so many of the songs together, even if they did have a little hiccup near the start; it still gave things an excellent flow.

It was a superb show, and showed great musicianship, which is really kinda rounded out by Jacob Bobo. I hadn’t seen the band since he joined the fold, but he helps push things to another level. And as much as I don’t like saying it, because I was a fan of previous drummer Alex Lanz (it’s worth noting he put in all the drum work for this record), Jacob seems to be the missing component the band probably didn’t even know was missing (or at least not for awhile).

They’re a great band who, frankly, is a bit underrated here in the scene. I say that because they mainly play in Fort Worth, and their Dallas shows are a bit rare, and while they have a very dedicated fan base, which is the most important thing, it isn’t as big as it could be. Sure, that’s stuff nearly every local band struggles with, but hopefully the show this night and the new record will start to turn the tides for Triple SP.

Regarding “Disrupting the Harmony”, you can pick it up, along with their old record, in iTUNES. By all means do, because it’s fantastic. They also have a few shows lined up over the next several months, and they’ll be back in Dallas on July 26th at The Boiler Room. On August 17th they’ll be at Tomcats West and then in October, on the 26th, they’ll return to Tomcats, while in between that, on September 21st, they’ll rock The Grotto in Fort Worth.

As soon as they finished I headed over to the adjacent Liquid Lounge to see what was going on over there, and came across singer/songwriter Caroline Murphy.

I don’t mean this nearly as negative as it might sound, but she was wasn’t the best singer I’ve heard. Don’t get me wrong, she had a good voice, good enough to captivate you, but, at least for me, it was the songwriting that made sure I stayed there for the remainder of her show.

She was probably about halfway through her set, singing a song about briefly meeting a fellow student in preschool, then running into him again years later, in rehab of all places. It quickly became apparent she was the type of songwriter who delved into her personal life and didn’t mind people knowing about her life experiences, and that was what I enjoyed.

“Hurricane” was a real stand out from her set, and the song about how quickly things can change (specifically in a relationship) had a great chorus, “…Nobody knows how much the wind can blow away. I mean, in a single day…” “The Dishes Song” was another intriguing number, and it was followed by another track I thoroughly enjoyed, which she said was titled “Maria”, then added, “Or maybe Excited and Sad I’m not sure, yet…” That seemed to indicate it was a newer song, and a great one at that.

She ran through a few more songs, and the one she closed with excellent, so it was a bit of a surprise when she finished it she said, “I have never played that live before. I mean, that just all came to me right now. Weird…” She sure didn’t act like she was creating that song on the spot and it seemed that, like her other material, she had played it many times over.

I thought she was great, and as I touched on earlier, she doesn’t have a voice that will make your jaw hit the floor, but she can sing very well, and she knows how to pen some great, honest songs. If you get the chance to, check her out live, at least once.

Afterwards, I crossed the patio back to the Curtain Club where Redline on stage.

I regret not getting back there sooner so I could have seen their full set, cause these younger guys (all were under twenty-one, because they bore a “B” on their hands to signify they were playing that night, rather than the traditional “X” all other minors receive) were rocking the place.

They covered a few different categories, doing some softer rock stuff, in the vein of ballads, to some pretty intense rock songs. It was a great show (at least what I saw) and bassist Austin Adams, guitarist Joseph Campise, drummer Nathaniel Williams and vocalist Joe Rodriguez were working it and making sure the crowd of onlookers was drawn in.

I plan on seeing them again sometime, and in the near future you should be able to buy some music from them, because they announced this night that they would be recording a record in July.

After they finished, the festivities of this duel CD release show were set to continue as Enamored took the stage.

They got right down to it, opening their 35-minute long set with the lead track from the “Requiem” EP, “Empty”. Mind you it had been nearly a year since the only time I had seen them live, and it was immediately apparent how much they’ve grown in that time. Most notable was front woman Jules, whose voice was even more powerful than before as she belted out the chorus, “I’ve waited all my life for you, just to stand by your side…” It was a magnetizing track that pulled everyone who was there to see the band up towards the stage, and probably even a few others who weren’t there for them.

“Suck my dick!” Jules shouted during the second pause after that song before their new drummer Thomas Stewart, and guitarist and bass player, Aaron Heles and Robert Albritto, respectively, fired up the subsequent song from their EP, the more intense rock song, “Release”. There was no questioning that they were already on fire, and upon finishing that song they took a little timeout as Jules spoke to the audience, thanking everyone for coming out among other things, and saying she didn’t care what tallies at the door said regarding how many people they drew. “…It ain’t about the money, it’s about the love…” she said. I don’t think you’re going to find many musicians that will say that, truly not seeming to care about the ever important draw of fans you pulled, but that’s true in a way, and they were definitely getting the love this night.

When they got back to it, Aaron started the catchy chord progression that is heard throughout “Bring Down”, which is one of their best songs, and my personal favorite. They took another pause and Jules thanked all the drummers that had helped her out along the way, noting that a few were out in the crowd. She also of course shouting out Nick Sarabia of Red Angel Theory, who has not only helped them out with live gigs in the past, but also aided them on the recording of this record. She continued chatting with everyone and talk turned to what she was drinking. “…I’m Jules and I’m an alcoholic.” She said, then tacked on, “Oh shit, is this not anonymous?!”

All of that made for some humorous moments this night, and I thought it was nice to get a little glimpse of the actual person they are (or rather she is) rather than just the performer side of her character. Soon, they busted out another short track, “Better Off Alone”, which is one you won’t find on the EP, and once it was done the shout outs continued, this time by thanking all the band members who were out supporting them, which included (but certainly not limited to) The Circle and Solice. Jules went on to thank them (Solice) for the drink they had gotten her, saying she’d be out at their show here the following week, buying them drinks, “…And you better drink whatever shit I give you…” she said and laughed.

She wasn’t finished talking, though Aaron and Thomas cut her off by starting their next song. After all, they did only have a limited amount of time up here. They ran through the albums closing track, “Escape”, and then slowed things down a bit with “Free”, which is still a pretty mighty song. “Slaves and Toys” seemed like it might be the final song of their show, but they had one more song left over from their EP. That was “Never Again”, it brought their show to a perfect close.

They were phenomenal, and I was really amazed at how much they’ve tightened up in the last year. Both Aaron and Robert had a good bit of swagger as they moved about the stage, owning it on their respective instruments, and Thomas was an excellent fit with them, tearing it up on the drums. You never would guessed that this was one of the first (if not the first) live gig he’s done with them. And while I talked about Jules earlier, I’ll say it again, she has a powerhouse voice.

They left everything on stage this night, there’s no doubt about that.

You can find “Requiem” in iTUNES, and you should definitely check it out. As for their upcoming shows, they’ll be at The Boiler Room in Dallas on July 12th, otherwise, just keep tabs on their FACEBOOK PAGE so you’ll know when and where they’re playing next.

There were a couple bands left at this point, and next up was a Dallas based band I was unfamiliar with, called Manny the Martyr. With a name like that I didn’t know what to expect, and wasn’t sure if I’d be sticking around through their set or calling it an early night (it wound up being the former.)

I was expecting something similar to the other bands on this bill, rock to harder rock, so it was a bit of a surprise when they broke into the lead track from their “Aqua Lounge” EP, “Brighter Sun”, a song that, much like their other songs, encompassed elements of reggae, and funk, with even a bit of ska. Yeah, it was an eclectic mix, and it worked well for them, drawing their sizable collection of fans towards the stage, and once Jake Cravens opened his mouth and began to sing, I knew I was going to like it. After all, when it comes to music the vocals are the most important thing in my opinion, and he had a killer voice.

“…This next song is called Aydagee” he said to the crowd, as they busted out a track that was even a better fit with the reggae genre. Jake spit the words out at a lightning pace in a tone that’s pretty authentic to that genre, while Joel Simka delivered some powerful beats from his drum kit, and guitarists Mike Ubben and Brad Green played some sweet riffs. Those are two slightly older songs of the bands, but they were eager to play some newer material this night, too, and next up did one titled “Too Soon”. Bassist Jayson Vaughn kind of stole the show during this one, repeatedly doing some high kicks as they got the song underway, alternating between which leg he was kicking in the air, all the while slapping away at his bass, and near the end of the song he repeated the kicking motion.

Following it was another new one, and one Jake made sure to point was brand new, as in, never having been played before. It was a catchy song with a great hook, and wound up being my personal favorite song they did this night. Breaking up the new music was another song from their album, “DDJ”, which was more rock/pop based then their other stuff, but in a good way, as it showed that they can be versatile. While cranking out that song, Joel suffered a little mishap, when either one of his drumsticks broke, or it slipped out of his hand (I missed it right when it happened.) He didn’t reach for a new one right away, though, instead he just used the one stick he still had to bang about the kit, and doing quite a good job at it.

They had two more new tracks for everybody, both of which had titles that got some laughs from the audience. The first was “Two Inch Hero”, while the other was “Leftover Sexy”, and despite the funny names, they were straight up great songs that incited everyone to just have a good time. “…Where are my smokers at?” Jake asked the crowd once they finished up that last song. “This song is just for you…” he said, setting up “Bougyman”, which the fans got to participate on a bit at one point, before closing out their 37-minute long set with the funky rock song, “Hit the Brink”.

These guys were fantastic, putting on a very fun, lively performance that was impossible not to get caught up in. They also managed to command the crowd quite well, and got everybody actively engaged in their show.

They made me a fan with their highly original sounding music, and I look forward to seeing them again.

During their set, Jake mentioned they would be back here at the Curtain in August, I believe the 30th was the exact date, to release their new album they will soon be recording. That will no doubt be a good show to see, and as of now it looks like it’s the only gig they have on the books. In the meantime, their current record, “The Aqua Lung”, can be downloaded for FREE simply by visiting their REVERBNATION PAGE. Take of advantage of that sweet deal.

There was one last band up this night, Blackout I believe was their name, but once Manny the Martyr finished I went ahead and left. It was late already and would have been nearly one before they went on stage, and I knew the following night here at the Curtain was going to be a long one, so I decided to cut this night short.

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