Owen and James up first, began with a sparkling web of guitar loops and drums, not at all what I was expecting... having only ever seen Owen play solo before...
Calling to mind Louisville skies and warm late nights... the guitar was shed and Owen voiced some ghostly kettles before closing with a hot swarm, repetitive drums hard and knitted til the end, simmered down...
It was my first time seeing Ashtray Navigations.
You know those bands who you see everywhere and always know you'll like but some how don't get around to hearing them until years after you should have done and you wonder why you never did it sooner?
Ashtray Navigations is that to me.
Absolutely fucking amazing, repetitive undersound bubbling up and down, drawing you in hypnotic, wild guitar atop and Mel getting all kinds of lushbeasts out of a clarinet mouthpiece, weaving it around and tapping out rhythms and textures on the table top of wires.
Really great to see them finally and to be so pleasantly un-surprised.