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Show Crush Recap: Highly Personal Trash, St. Claire, Kingsley Flood at Great Scott

July 7, 2009

Wednesday, July 1st
Great Scott


More photos of Kingsley Flood here.
We were running late and only caught the last few songs of Kingsley Flood’s set, but we definitely liked what we heard. The songs are singer-songwritery, but the band transcends “backing band” status with interesting parts and inspired playing. The violin and trumpet especially played off of each other and really shined. Everyone else in the band was also really good and adept at playing for the song and not their own vanity. I’m looking forward to seeing them again this Friday at Church (a stellar bill I’ll be telling you more about soon -7/10 – Jesus and the Argonauts, The Motion Sick, St. Helena, Muy Cansado).



More photos of St. Claire here.
St. Claire played down-tempo love songs in a ‘30s jazz vocal crossed with Jenny Lewis. The band switched around instruments frequently and Mr Sister provided back-up vocals and played some accordion.



More photos of Highly Personal Trash here.
Highly Personal Trash are a three piece led by the charismatic, Sophie Innerfield. Sophie plays keys, she plays a lot of low-end that provides the groove of the songs, as the guitar plays frenetic leads and noise. In the show preview, I described her voice as somewhere inbetween PJ Harvey and the female vocals on Massive Attack songs like “Angel” and “Teardrop.” My favorite song of hers is called “Danger” and has a refrain of “say what you wanna say what you wanna say” that gets stuck in my head while I’m on the train.

We were at the whim of the 66 bus so we weren’t able to stick around for Shoney Lamar and the Equal Rights, but we hear he’s innovative and awesome.

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