Concert Review: The Wind + The Wave, Night Terrors of 1927, and The Colourist

March 30, 2014: The Pike Room, Pontiac, Michigan

Sometimes you hear a band for the first time and instantly become obsessed. That was me when I heard Night Terrors of 1927 on Alt Nation for the first time. At the time, all I could find was “Watch the World Go Dark” so I picked it up and listened to on repeat until the Guilty Pleas EP came out and I had new music to listen to. I purchased a ticket as soon as I could when I saw they were coming to town with The Colourist.

It’s got to be hard to be an opening band. First of all, a large number of people don’t even show up until the main event so you’re performing for a pretty small crowd. You aren’t the reason that they are there so while you put your heart into showing them a good time, they sit and check their phones and talk with their friends waiting for you to get off the stage. And odds are that no one in the crowd has even heard of you.

But that didn’t seem to be the case for The Wind + The Wave. They got onto stage and completely owned it the entire time they were there, making it impossible for the crowd not to take notice of this duo from Austin, Texas. They even managed to make it through playing without lights or monitors for the first song and a half, while still sounding amazing. I’m not a big fan of country music but The Wind + The Wave mixes that perfect Austin sound with indie rock and just a dash of pop to create an unique and interesting sound. The Pike Room is a small venue, but the two managed to fill it wall to wall with their infectious music. I’ll definitely be looking for their album coming out this summer.

I failed to do my homework on Night Terrors of 1927 to find out anything about the members of the band. Night Terrors of 1927 was founded by Jarrod Gorbel (The Honorary Title) and Blake Sennett (Rilo Kiley, The Elected) and honestly I’m happy that I didn’t know that before falling in love with their music. I’m a big fan of their previous work but I feel like having this information before would have given me expectations as to what Night Terrors would should like, which could have hindered how much I love their music. The group mixes dreamy pop with infectious indie hooks and puts on one hell of a live show. The Pike Room could barely contain the size of their sound, I felt like I was in an arena rather than just a small barroom. It’s an amazing experience to have in such an intimate setting and I can’t wait for them to come back into town.

While I enjoyed The Colourist before the show, their album hadn’t quite made it into my regular rotation of music. I thought that seeing them live would help and I’m glad to say that I was correct. Just like Night Terrors, their sound was much larger than the small venue could contain. I was honestly a little surprised that the venue was so packed for this relatively new to the scene act. The energy of the crowd was high and The Colourist definitely delivered a great show.

On the surface The Colourist sounds a lot like any other indie act currently making the rounds right now but they have a few things that make them stand out. First of all they’re very talented which is much more apparent when seeing them live. Secondly, they have a female vocalist who also just happens to be their drummer. The live setup puts her right up front so that the audience can see just how amazing she is. The Colourist is one of those bands that require multiples listens to hear all the intricacies and lyrics and I’m not sure that anyone could have walked out of that show not loving the band. It definitely made me go back and listen to their self-titled EP about a dozen more times.

It was a great evening filled with fantastic music and it definitely made me appreciate all these bands much more than I did when I walked into the Pike Room Sunday night.