June 17, 2014
The Wrong Shapes Record Release Show with The Grownup Noise, Patrick Coman | Club Passim | 18 June
We referenced it last week at the tail end of our review of The Wrong Shapes' delightful full-length debut, but it bears repeating: the Boston chamber-pop duo perform tomorrow night at the legendary Club Passim in Harvard Square. We'd venture to say that we haven't seen a show there in, oh, 15 years, but our recollection is the club retains a feel of old Cambridge, you know, ivy, cigarettes, berets, counterculture, counter-counterculture, horticulture. But we digress. We think you will find The Wrong Shapes every bit as enjoyable in the flesh as you do in the MP3, and so we recommend the show to your attention. You will see plenty of the distaff portion of the pair tomorrow, as cellist Rachel Barringer also abets the also-billed The Grownup Noise, the Boston folk-pop quintet most famous (not really) for distressing us with a cover of an early '90s hip-hop song (okay, that actually happened).
Fortunately, The Grownup Noise's top-shelf songwriting, and said songs' potent emotional payload, make the band very easy to like. Exhibit A is the thrilling final two minutes of "Six Foot Solemn Oath," which features a cracking vocal arrangement winding around a brushed shuffle and amid gentle piano. It's perfection, and it is the sort of thing that makes us ask The Grownup Noise when it will have new music to hear; it's most recent collection This Time With Feeling was released in 2011 (which, now that we look, was also the last time we saw the band). Americana artist Patrick Coman rounds out the bill tomorrow night, and full details of the evening are available right here at this Facebook event page. Spend some time with the embeds below, and then consider making the scene. There is, of course, no shortage of great shows tomorrow, so if you can't drag your ass to Harvard Square or if Passim sells out, consider checking in on Boston dream-pop veterans The Hush Now down the road at TT's, or anxiety-pop titans Chandos across the river at Church. On to the streamable music, indie rock aficionadoes!