Outclassed and Completely Content

A review of the S. Carey show at The Triple Door on July 1st

            If you have never been to The Triple Door music venue in Seattle Washington, go buy a ticket to a show there; you are in for a treat. Not only is the Triple Door a well lit venue it is also a super ICY restaurant that serves you as you listen to the musicians. Romantic, impressive, and not OVERLY pricey, if you are looking for a first date place that does not force you to awkwardly talk to your date the whole night the Triple Door is the place to go.

Enough of me drooling over the venue, it is music talking time. The band opening for S.Carey was The Pines. This band was a beautifully folky band with dual singers and a stand up bass. One of the lead singers had a very raspy, whisper-y voice that sounded very aged and full. I preferred the songs that he sang because they felt folkier and calmer. The other lead singer had a cleaner almost countryish voice. The raspy singer played a mean slide guitar and the other singer had a very clean finger picking style that was a great mixture. They were also a great opener for S. Carey because they were close enough in genre to not seem out of place, but not close enough to compare to S. Carey, which could have been an issue because both of the bands were very good performers.

S. Carey, best known as the drummer of Bon Iver is not surprisingly a wonderful musician, whether he is on percussion or he is playing piano and singing. Being Bon Iver’s percussionist puts a lot of pressure on S. Carey to make music that does not sound like Bon Iver. And despite using the same piano setting S. Carey does a wonderful job on record and live in sounding different than Bon Iver. He has a bit more of an upbeat and full voiced sound to him opposed to Bon Iver’s slow head voiced sound. S. Carey’s music relies a lot on piano as well as percussion. During his set, including himself three of his band member shifted in and out of playing drums. With S. Carey’s percussionist background it is clear that he knows how to build up and slow down a song using percussion. Similar to his percussion, his piano skills were very emotional. Because he did cover a Tallest Man on Earth song for his encore, I may be cheating by saying this, but the way he plays piano is very similar to the way I have seen Kristian Matsson play piano. Another note on S. Carey’s performance is that his lighting was amazing. With a very ambient stripey light over his band the whole time it seemed to show a interesting wavy feel.

Over all the concert was wonderful and if I ever get the chance to see S. Carey or go to the Triple Door again I will.


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