by Donte Kirby
October’s Communion Club Night was frightfully good at Underground Arts. It was a night filled with a country twang and a sax backed by some colorful mixing and seductive vocals.
Marian Hill kicked off the night with the most unique sound of the night. The set included alluring vocals, live mixed by a energetic DJ spastically emphasizing every drop and topped off with a killer saxophonist. Marian Hill was a sight to be seen…and heard. The three piece performed tracks from their debut EP, Play, such as “Whisky” and “Loveit.” Their cover of Kanye’s “Love Lockdown” was dark and foreboding.
Weekender was up next in the Black Box. The four piece had the room filled with smoke to illustrate the ethereal vibe of their music. Melodious vocals barely breaking through over the instruments were fitting for the Black Box’s new lounge aesthetic.
The Quiet Life followed on the main stage. From the very first tune of their set, the Portland four piece hooks you in and doesn’t let go. The songs are uptempo and energetic with a splash of country twang to slow down the lyrics and drive them home.
Field Report played songs from their new album, Marigolden, to be released this upcoming Tuesday. The three piece put on an intimate show in the Black Box. Leftover smoke from Weekender’s set added to the mystique of Field Report’s more melancholy songs.
Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night rounded off the evening. The folky Philly six piece is a big band with a big sound, waking up the audience and sending them off for the evening. Their set reminded everyone that they just witnessed another great Communion at the Underground Arts.