I stumbled across Black Marble’s music about a year ago through a friend of mine. “Iron Lung” was the song that got me obsessed. The opening bass and guitar lines is reminiscent of my high school summers driving around with the one friend who had a car. Every one of the acts at this show was off the charts good. While all in the same genre ballpark, each act brought something that made them stand out on their own.
My partner and I arrived during the opening acts set. I never heard of Choir Boy before this show, but the dreamlike goth surf sounds had me instantly hooked. What was interesting was to find that they hail from Utah, as I was convinced they were a UK band at first. The vocals were beautiful and churchy, the name “Choir Boy” is not a gimmick.
Black Marble was up next and played an amazing set. Currently, they only have two albums out and I am really looking forward to more music from them. What I liked about them is you can tell they are dedicated musicians, and not just in a band for the sake of it- as you see sometimes with newer gothy acts I’ve found. They ended the set with “Iron Lung” which I thought was a brilliant move.
I was really blown out of the water by Cold Cave. While I’m familiar with there more bouncy electronic tracks but I had no idea how goth rock their sound was. They sounded like a contemporary Sisters of Mercy but with more synths. The visuals were really well done and interesting as well. Sometimes I find visuals can be a little distracting, but the visuals here were in subdued black and whites and melded perfectly into the band’s style.
Surprisingly the show was not crazy packed. That was a blessing in a way as it created a nice and spacious environment, ideal if you’re an anxiety nugget. Being able to walk around with more room was a nice change of pace from crowed sold-out shows. There still was a lot of people, but a lot of things were going on that night and I know Black Marble played not too long ago (I believe as headliners). That may have been the contribution to a not packed house. I don’t go to nearly as many concerts as I would like too and this was a special one I was glad I was able to attend.
Up Next: Hole of Sorrows