Phosphorescent + Forest Fire
I haven’t been to the ICA in several months. It’s a nice space to hang out and the staff are usually jolly friendly and nice. The theatre where the music is held is a lot like a little black oven… it can get pretty hot in there, especially when lots of bodies are crammed in. It wasn’t too bad this particular night, for Phosphorescent’s sold out show.
Supporting was Forest Fire.
Their drummer Nathan looked like he was enjoying himself and was pretty brilliant. I find watching people who are genuinely super into the music they’re playing to be quite infectious, as well as fun to watch, and I always appreciate a good drummer. He was great. They played a few from ‘Survival” and a lot of new songs.
The main act was Matthew Houck’s Phosphorescent. It’s hard to not be charmed by a group of guys who seemed to be having a huge amount of fun playing those songs together. I’m a big fan of ‘Pride’ and really enjoyed the Willie Nelson covers record they put out, but don’t know the songs from the new album.
The band mostly played songs from ‘Here’s To Taking It Easy’, apart from a few older tracks. ‘A Picture…’, the opening track from ‘Pride’, was wonderful, as was the encore of ‘Wolves’ performed by Matthew solo, in which he looped his voice a couple of dozen times at the end of the song. It was beautiful and hypnotic and perfect. They played a very long encore- four songs, including ‘South of America’ before they left the stage, only to be called back for a second encore. They performed ‘At Death…’ and it was absolutely incredible. The live band are so tight and completely spot on, and the song rocked so much. It’s how I hope the apocalypse sounds.
If you’ve never heard it, I really recommend checking out ‘Pride’, and if you’re heading to End of the Road festival, I do recommend catching Phosphorescent there- they are a fun live band. Check them out!
More photos here and Drowned In Sound soon.