- Brian Weiss
- The Pass playing their new single "Sunny Day."
I made one key mistake: not listening to more of The Pass before the show. The electronic pop band caught my attention right off the bat with a low-key light show that provided the perfect background for their up-tempo synthesized music. The four-man group played a balance of songs off their album, older tunes and newly released single "Sunny Day." After switching out a faulty guitar cord, Will Roberts took control of the stage with his feverish guitar solos and lyrics. "Alone Again" struck a sensitive nerve and "Walk Away" had me wanting to do the complete opposite, listen to more.
Bad Veins arrived after doors had opened because of an unfortunate run in with a tree; I won't point fingers on who was at the wheel. Luckily, precious reel-to-reel machine Irene wasn't injured, but the same could not be said about the drums. The Pass was kind enough to lend Jake Bonta their set and the group led off with "Don't Run," the first track off their latest album The Mess We've Made. The group stuck to songs off that album, playing favorites "Kindness," "Nursery Rhyme" and "Not Like You" before finishing off with "Doubt."
I give some credit to the free gumbo tasting as a big reason why a crowd of about 70 people battled the polar vortex to come out. Regrettably, my taste buds didn't seem to agree with that sentiment.
At times, it was hard to hear both bands' vocals, as the other instruments seemed to drown them out. I was also disappointed in the length of both sets, each under an hour long. It wasn't the smoothest concert, but given the circumstances, The Pass and Bad Veins put on a respectable show.