Saturday, February 28, 2009

Noise Pop 2009: Loch Lomond Played Diesel - Pictures And Review

As last night's Noise Pop got off to a start, we managed to make it down to check out the happy hour sets at the Post Street Diesel store. The event was surprisingly well organized, with killer acoustics and free drinks to be had to boot. The first set was from Portland natives Loch Lomond, and it was a doozy. The band managed to squeeze a crowd of people into a tiny space, and on top of that break out a variety of instruments, including not one, but two types of clarinet!

The band had a variety of instrumentation, but it really didn't completely define their sound. Rather, it acted as an addition to the solid composition to flesh it out, and give the songs more depth. The solid backup vocals had the same effect, with the band at times singing incredibly solid four part harmonies.

While most of what we've heard from the band online has been relatively mellow and folky feeling, they definitely manage to add a solid dimension of rock to their live sound. The tunes had a solid percussive base, and lead singer Ritchie Young also really kicked his vocals up a notch in enthusiasm and timbre. The end result was that the band delivered a solid, rocking set that had the crowd well invested by the time it wrapped up.

Loch Lomond plays again tonight at Rickshaw Stop.

More pictures at the HAD Archive.