Last night was my first Communion.
No mom, I did not go to church.
Communion is a group based out of the UK and New York that is putting on shows and releasing albums by up and coming artists. They put on shows across the country (and the world) full of these up and coming artists. Here in Minneapolis, they happen about once a month but I’ve never been able to catch one before. Like usual, there are just too many damn shows going on up here and they have always taken precedence over the Communion line-up of the month. I finally made it to my first Communion show last night and now I’m kicking myself in the butt for not making it to more in the past.
Last night was one of the most eclectic line-ups I have seen in awhile and it made my heart ridiculously happy. I get so bored with shows that have all of the bands playing the same music. I get that they are trying to appeal to their fans but majority of the time all of the bands just start to blend together and nothing stands out. Because of the bipolar line-up last night, I remember every single band and I loved every single band because they each sounded fresh and new. Not to mention that each band that played was ridiculously talented to begin with.
Whiskey Shivers was the first band to take the stage and from the very first note, they had me questioning all of my life choices. I’m not typically a fan of bluegrass. It sounds old and the twanginess mixed with the overpowering banjo makes my head throb. Whiskey Shivers did it right. Instead of leaving me with a throbbing headache, they left me wanting much more than the small taste I was given in their short thirty minute set. Have I been missing out on a bunch of great music because I typically turn my nose to bluegrass?!
Just by looking at these guys I could tell I was in for a treat. They all took the stage barefooted and the singer’s mullet was truly something to be proud of. They caught my attention with the first note. The Southern/ Texas accent was alive and well but you could still understand every word the singer. The music was fast and upbeat but not too over the top. There was a nice balance between all of the instruments and all of the voices that this band had going on at once. Instead of sounding muddy, it sounded clean and professional.
Second to hit the stage was Lolo. I said it before and I will say it again, expect huge things to come from Lolo. The last time I saw her was at the Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness/ New Politics show last October. She completely blew me away that time and did the exact same thing last night. Her voice is one of the most powerful voices I have ever heard in my life. She took the stage with her guitarist Josh and had the crowd licking up every single word and every single moment.
The crowd seemed to be a little caught off guard by her huge voice in such a tiny venue. It seemed as if everything had stopped. People moved away from the bar and towards the stage just to catch a glimpse of where this huge voice was coming from. Everyone was clapping and hooting and hollering even though majority of the crowd had never heard of Lolo before. She played some of the same songs I saw her play back in October but had added a couple of new ones that had me excited to see what her next release will bring.
Up next was Allan Rayman. I felt so out of place because I had to have been the only person in the crowd that had no clue who this guy was. He walked up on stage, lit a candle that was sitting on a little round table, poured a beer into a plastic cup and sat there while his intro music played. The crowd was antsy. You could feel the tension and excitement in the room. What the hell was going on here?
Then, as soon as Allan started singing, the crowd erupted and sang pretty much every word with him through his forty five minute set. Hip-hop music was the name of his game and he was slaying the competition. His music sounded raw because of his raspy voice but it was also extremely sexy at the same time. The crowd was eating it up as they sang and danced along. In between songs, he would sit back at the table and calmly take a sip of his beer before erupted back up to the mic and captivating everyone with his music.
The last band to play last night was Moonrise Nation. Their instrumentation alone caught my attention. You had the standard drummer and then a standard guitarist who doubled as a bassist. Then you had the cello player and the pianist who doubled as a violinist. So many instruments, so few people. I was truly worried how it was all going to work out but they pulled it off flawlessly. Their music was probably the calmest of the night so it was a nice way to end the bipolar line-up.
The voice of the three front-women in the band meshed perfectly. They all matched but at the same time they were all distinctive. Their music was pop with a hint of some americana/folk mixed it. The crowd seemed to calm down a bit during their set but it was still all eyes on the stage as people bought their last drinks and slowly filtered out of the venue all with a smile on their faces
Last night was one of the most bipolar line-ups I have ever seen. It was one of the best shows that I have seen in months and I fell in love with every single band that played. I can’t wait for my next Communion!
Venue: 7th Street Entry
Sausage Fest Meter- 4 out of 10
Crowd Surfers- 0
Stage Divers- 0
Broken Bones- None
Man Bun Count- 5
Average Age- 24
Moshing Level- None
Spotted Flying Through the Air- Nothing
Overall Score- 8.8 out of 10
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