Tashaki Miyaki, Joel Jerome, Cherry Glazerr, L.A. Witch, Globelamp
The Church on York
Basking in a mellow, rosy glow, the Church on York space was a hazy dream on Friday night. They might not have sermons there anymore, but it's still a place of reverence.
Globelamp, a.k.a Elizabeth Lefey, started the evening with a stripped down set- nothing but her acoustic guitar, haunting vocals, and a flowery headband. The fairy-like Lefey has a sweet, childlike voice (often tinged with a peculiar, yet endearing accent) but sometimes tragic lyrics: “Men cannot be trusted/ women too/ but I, I believed you.”
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She performed “Daddy's Song,” a writhing tune that, she told the audience, was used against her in court. “My ex boyfriend tried to use this against me to get a restraining order, he's crazy.” Well, all craziness aside, Globelamp's entrancing folksy-psychedlia is the type of thing you'd expect to hear riding along a gypsy caravan.
Next, L.A. Witch drenched the dilapidated room with reverb-soaked garage rock. The trio's heavy sound was a contrast from Globelamp's acoustic airiness, but just as enchanting. Stone-faced, with leather jackets and lots of eyeliner, L.A. Witch are some cool rockers, especially combined with their impressive guitar solos and tight hooks.
Cherry Glazerr followed suit, bringing a mixture of bittersweet dream-pop (“Teenage Girl”) crowd-surfing (“Sweaty Faces”) and of course, their evocative song about the delights of the world's foremost delicacy, “Grilled Cheese.”
Although the audience was already basically already on stage, frontwoman Clementine Creevy told folks to come closer; kids rushed the stage and toppled over the amplifiers. After playing this past Burgerama, Cherry Glazerr have seen their share of moshpits.
Tashaki Miyaki mellowed things out with their sunny psych-rock. The group was celebrating the release of their video for their latest single “Cool Runnings,” directed by Juan Iglesias. The sleepy tune was accompanied by the sweet stringwork of cellist Doc Allison, who joined them side-stage.
Twinkling bells and tambourines and echoey choruses were a throwback to the Jesus and Mary Chain. With guitars so fuzzy one couldn't tell where they ended or began, it was easy to get lost in Tashaki Miyaki's lullabies.
Finally, Joel Jerome took the stage, boasting masterful guitar work and a voice so sincere and vulnerable that one had to swoon. Jerome is a producer of local bands (including Cherry Glazerr), and he and his band flowed comfortably between original songs, a cover of INXS' “Never Tear Us Apart,” and an on-the-spot request for Neil Young, which Jerome expertly played until he couldn't remember the words. Nonetheless, it was impressive.