By: Graham Johnson
Why do we go to house shows? Sure, there are plenty of easy answers like: “The beer is cheaper,” or “We can party way harder.” Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand the draw of a fridge full of beer and no bouncers, but there’s more to it than that.
You may look deeper and say that house shows allow burgeoning and lesser known local artists to show their art too, at the very least, a small and like-minded portion of the world. I would concede to this point in total agreement of the impact and importance of such a situation. Yet, I still believe that there is a far more fundamental idea behind why we flock together in cramped and hot environments to thrash about to bands stuffed in corners with DIY p.a. rigs. The house show is community. It’s an environment that allows spirited and passionate artists to come together and demonstrate anything and everything that makes them human.
This sense of community and supportive creativity is what allows such diverse sounds to find a home right next to each other over the course of a night. Such was the case Feb. 4 at the Supermarket’s house show.
Down at the far end of a long living room on the east side of the residence sat a keyboard and a lone stick of incense burning, protruding from the top of the instrument. A beautiful girl introduces herself as Tessa and begins to play. It was as if she had set her soul free to hover above herself and the crowd to illuminate every note she played. Her voice is soft, but powerful and this is accompanied wonderfully by somber keys. Soon, however, the keys were traded for a warm toned Les Paul that further accentuated her silky voice
Tessa Register serenading a chilled out crowd.
Not long after Tessa had wrapped up and loaded out, it was time for Los Chamos to grace the living room corner. A self-proclaimed DONKNG cover project, Los Chamos is Cam and Juan (of DONKNG) playing harder than I have personally ever seen and in complete contrast from the calm beautiful melodies of Tessa before them. They played fully instrumental and didn’t let up until both boys were dripping sweat and out of breath. This one is definitely a hard party project. Once the guitar happy, delicious, shreddy Hurricane Los Chamos had passed, we were treated to a full band project with Sad Jeremy called Supermarkets.
Los Chamos rollin’ and rockin’.
Caught somewhere between hardcore and pop punk, Supermarkets were immensely successful at energizing the crowd and getting them moving and had no problem keeping their attention in between songs. They were gritty, loud, screamy and really what you would want to find upon engaging in an activity such as the house show. Rounding out this ragtag set of musicians, was Andy King.
This is literally the only type of photo I got of Supermarkets. These guys rocked so hard my camera just refused to pick them up.
Andy King is acoustic guitar. Andy King is a deep and spiritual voice. Andy King was folk in the 60s and alternative in the 90s. Andy King plays music that speaks to man, woman, and child. To describe Andy King, there is a saying that I’ve heard applied to men like Johnny Cash and Mike Ness. “He doesn’t put on airs. When he plays, all he needs is four chords and the truth.”
Andy King playin’ some acoustic jams for the people.
Hopefully, I’ve successfully built a window into the community of the scene that I am so lucky to enjoy on a weekly basis. If you’re reading this, you all know who you are. Thank you for keeping the scene awesome and I hope for more great shows. “Be excellent to each other… and party on, dude.”