As COHO prepped their gear for their set celebrating the release of their debut EP Graves at Barboza last Saturday night, they were grooving and lip-syncing along to Kendrick Lamar’s “Backseat Freestyle.” The crowd was grooving along. the beer was flowing freely, and the room grew hot and humid, bodies bouncing to the thudding bass. Then COHO’s set began, and the room became enmeshed and entranced by the music, music that held on to a hip-hop beat whilst introducing layers of introspective, ambient keyboard/synth along with similarly inward-looking vocals.
Vocalist/keyboardist Laura has a voice like Adele, no joke, and it’s a fine thing. The rest of the crew is a bunch of young dudes (Bradley, Danny, Shane, Tommy, and Zach) who swap percussion, keys, and various stringed instruments, also taking turns at vocals. It’s a fully-fleshed sound that is very danceable, if a bit more on the ballad side speed-wise. COHO’s fans ate every song up and begged for more.
The Pro-Nouns started the night off with country-tinged garage rock tunes that were well-received by the audience. Planes On Paper continued on their course toward total domination of the PNW folk scene with their heady-pithy, stop-you-in-your-tracks music. The room had filled with people ready to party, so it was sort of adorable to hear rowdy roars of appreciation for Navid Eliot and Jen Borst, as it wasn’t their usual, subdued crowd. It seemed to take them by surprise, in a very good way on a fine, fine night.
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I discovered this record while driving back during break with buddies during my first year of college Western Washington University. 40 years ago. We must have played it 3 times all the way through. It kind of became part of my Soundtrack. It is Rock n' Roll theater in pure form. This record included members of the E Street Band and you hear the contribution and influence in the arrangements. The music is bombastic, theatrical, complex arrangements and over the top which was a huge contrast in what was happening in rock at the time (Punk / New Wave) That is why I love it so! 😎 www.youtube.com/watch… Meat Loaf "Bat Out A Hell"Happy Labor Day! - Love Greg ... See MoreSee Less