October 16, 2008
Alright, so I’ve owed Ivory Tree Observatory an album review for… probably many many months by now. They’re on my growing “to-do” list and I’m sure that I’ll be getting to it before… the end of the year? I’ve been staring at this list of albums to review for a while now, so I’m pretty familiar with all the names on there.
So what’s my surprise that when I walk into a bar because I’m there to see Nathan Down, that I’m staring down the business … end of a shrimp fork. I’ve been watching too much Futurama during my unemployment, that’s for sure. Anyways, I meant to say I’m at the ticket booth and seeing “Ivory Tree Observatory” having their own guest-list, and they are already on stage.
My first impression? (Before even knowing who was on stage) Good god these guys are loud. Good. But loud. My earplugs went into my ears before I even walked into the venue. Grabbing my standard coke (I must learn to carry change with me, because no bartender wants to make change for a $20 when ordering a coke, and I feel embarassed as hell not having any money to tip with) But parking myself at a ledge like thing I got to really get into the band.
Ivory Tree Observatory are CUTE. They even mentioned a few times between songs that they were pretty boys. And I don’t blame them for saying it, because at least it’s true. And a lot of the songs were real fun & rocking and made for great “I don’t care that I’m standing alone in a club full of people” type of music, and not all music can do that. I didn’t feel self conscious at all listening to these guys by myself, which when I realized it, shocked me. So, entertaining is a word I would have no problem using. Seeing a guy play a guitar and a keyboard, practically at the same time was awesome.
The one strange part of the show was the very last song if I recall correctly. It just started like a complete mismash of instruments and not very song-like at all. Suddenly it goes from what I would have deemed utter chaos, to a really catchy tune.
So I have to say, Ivory Tree Observatory are a band worth going out to see, whether you’re there with a pack of friends hogging the big tables in the middle of the floor, or you’re all by your lonesome trying desperately to not be socially ackward of not just being alone, but being sober. I’m sorry guys for taking so long to review your album, and you’ll definitely see it up soon! (And not soon enough, since their next one is due to release Spring 2009!)
Oh, and Ivory Tree Observatory will be playing at Rilleys on November 7th, definitely go check them out!