Somehow in my years of covering shows in the Twin Cities I have never descended into the depths of Mill City Nights’ Nether Bar. Yesterday I got a chance to cover Ayria just a few weeks before Mill City Night closes its doors. One thing that never ceases to amaze me about the Twin Cities’ music scene is that I keep running into individuals and organizations doing amazing things for smaller segments. Yesterday it was Kilted Farmer Koncerts who have been promoting electronic shows for over a decade.
A last-minute substitution Trapezoids opened the evening. I don’t have a whole lot of info on the duo. Maybe they are CIA or the US Marshal’s Service witness relocation house band? I got names: Ollie Stench and Adam Powel. The Trapezoids have been around for some time – they are on Volume 8 of their work. Their songs are short and to the point but one should pay attention to the lyrics “She’s a real sweetheart, even though she tore up my leg” for instance in “Dog Hair”. I enjoyed the clean almost minimalist approach.
Set List: Dog Hair / Something in my Eye / Telephone Tag / Basic / Tuning in Tokyo / Digital Watch / Cheap Sunglasses / Yellow Meat
I took a picture of what I assumed was the set list but turned out to be the lyrics to “Games without Frontiers” and there was a cloud of purple smoke hovering above it. Does this song have demonic powers?
As she talked with her fans between songs it was in near darkness as her lights only were active during songs. She laughed it off say lights just would make her really awkward. A voice from the crowd responded” “Are you saying we are not?” and everyone had a good laugh. She also complimented the audience on being quite dancy and there were some very good ones. Overall a great way to spend an evening in a friendly, dark, good natured crowd, and as a photographer – DANG! I loved the show!