Concert review: Kayo Dot (T.T. the Bear’s, 1/19/2013)

Late Sunday night found me at a Kayo Dot concert at T.T. the Bear’s in Cambridge. (Luckily the Middle East Downstairs was closed for the night, so we didn’t have to deal with any sound bleeding through the floor like we did the last couple of times I went there.) I think I’ve seen them once before opening for the Secret Chiefs 3, but there were two opening bands that night and the one I saw never mentioned the name of the band, so it’s only 50/50 that it was them. (Note to musicians: If you’re too “metal” to talk to the audience, put up a sign or something…) At any rate, this time I am definitely sure that I saw them. I even have photographic evidence:


The main reason I went to check out the band was that I’d been hearing a lot of good things about Kayo Dot’s new release, Hubardo, mainly from a couple of friends of mine who have excellent taste in music. Genre-wise they’re kind of… I dunno, prog-metal-avant-something, I guess. Pretty heavy stuff. There are a few tracks from it streaming on Bandcamp, like this one:

I got there in time to catch part of an opening band, Bent Knee – I didn’t know anything about them beforehand, but I quite liked their live set. They seem to be a local band, so maybe I will catch them again sometime. You can listen to some of their stuff on their Bandcamp page.

The Kayo Dot set was pretty short (just under an hour, I think) but that’s probably for the best as it was very intense and I had to go to work in the morning (nothing like a midnight show on a Sunday night to start the week off right!). Partly due to the high volume, I’m sure, the live set seemed more aggressive and noisy than the tracks I’d heard from the album. The whole band was good, but I was particularly enjoying the percussion – I’ve kind of been on a drums kick lately and I really liked his sound. Great drumming on the album, too.

I’m feeling a bit short on words tonight, so I’ll leave you with some extra photos instead – the lighting at the venue seemed to like my camera, for once:




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