Brothers Past, Cervantes Masterpiece, Denver, CO- 10/7
For some reason I’d always decided to pass on Brothers Past when they came through town. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy that type of music. Radiohead, The Disco Biscuits and the whole live-electronic movement has for some time been at the top of my musical list, but Brothers Past always seemed to slip off the page. That was until I picked up their new album, This Feeling’s Called Goodbye. Having just received it two days before their first of four nights in Colorado, I took the time to give the band the chance they undoubtedly deserved.
Filled with driving electronic beats, catchy lyrics and an air-tight production (the album was produced by Jon Altschiller who produced Phish’s Rift among others notables), This Feeling offered a band that far surpassed my expectations. That notion was more than reaffirmed after witnessing the band a couple nights later at Cervantes Masterpiece in Denver.
From the opening chords of “Shut Up” the band would perform two solid sets of intensive electro-jams and explosive art rock. There was a taste of Radiohead, as felt in guitarist and vocalist Tom Hamilton’s self-analyzing, Thom Yorke invoking lyrics, but also a sound laden with plenty of house driven, synthesized electronica. Drummer Rick Lowenberg and bassist Clay Parnell’s foundation allowed ample space for Hamilton and keyboardist Tom McKee’s interplay to truly thrive, most notably on the Radiohead-esque, set-closing “Celebrity”>”Shut Up.”
Much like the first, the second set was a tight and well played affair. “State Police,” one of This Feeling’s most rock-based tunes, presented some of Hamilton’s most choice licks of the night. “I think that they’re on to me,” Hamilton proclaimed as a nearly packed Cervantes swayed to the spacey trance just before “Forget You Know Me” set in. BP slipped into a dark, down-right nasty jam out of the extended foray of “FYKM,” cascading into what I’m told was an old treat in “Monsters.” Although there were moments of dullness and a lack of coherent lyrical delivery at times, Brothers Past impressed me with their overall tightness and definitive playing. This was a band completely on point with one another, each knowing where the other was heading.
As was shown the previous night at The Fox, Brothers Past is truly a force that will continue to build and improve as they mature. They possess a cross-over sound that can appeal to many, from intelligent rocker to the dance party enthusiast.