The Naideau shows have been a mainstay for the past few summers. This is where music is appreciated garage style. An oriental carpet darn the stage area and Christmas lights and snow shovels embellish the walls. They book great touring bands and mix it up with local bands and returning musician friends. I missed the host’s new outfit tentatively named "Your Birthday" but was there to hear Sleepwall’s short energetic set. They integrate rock riffs with punk force and have an awesome drummer.
Viking Moses and his tour partner Golden Ghost (Laura Goetz) had a nice night at The Cake Shop with the backing of a full band but they ended their full summer tour appropriately in a garage filled with music connoisseurs. I unfortunately arrived to hear only two songs by Golden Ghost. She plays electric guitar and has a distinctive voice, similar to a softer Joanna Newsome with a bluesy austere resonance. Her experimental song structures meander into the unexpected. I’ve had more time to appreciate her eccentricities on her self produced Fauna of Mirrors!
Viking Moses’ (Brendon Massei) music really appeals to me. Leonard Cohen on crack comes to mind. His low voice can be soft emphasizing his story telling but he brings songs to life with dynamic hard-core vocals that project a Missouri drawl of soulful fervor. Joined by Laura Getz on keyboard, Brandon played electric guitar fashioning an echoing style of eerie and abrupt leads of striking simplicity.
He played mostly new material giving the crowd a first live run through. I loved a new one he introduced as “Rough Rider”. It had a continuous beat that he induced hitting the electric guitar between leads. When asked for requests the audience of young attentive garage huggers were familiar and he was accommodating.
Since age fourteen Brandon has taken his non-commercial art on the road, going it alone with little financial reward. At age twenty-nine he retains his youthful exuberance and affirmative spirit to continue his minstrel lifestyle and openness to share music. He reminds me of another beloved troubadour David Dondero. It was great hearing his music for the first time and I was immediately taken by his authenticity and captivating music. Just can’t shake it. Awesome!
The night continued as Wildebeest started his set asking all to follow him into the back woods of the property. There in the dark we listened to a 12-minute poetic speak / song rant with guitar picking and harmonica. After catching our breath he played three great new songs. He took requests but forgot all the words to “Living and Dying” from the incredible out of print Motion and Language. He luckily remembered “Host and Hostage” and ended with “Animals In the City”.
I wasn’t the only person listening that has savored every release, EP, demo that Matthew Winn puts out. He might have left them behind but his recordings live on. We were all grateful to hear him. Wildebeest has taken a personal renaissance from touring. His creative growth has only made him stronger as a performer.
Viking Moses Video!
Golden Ghost Video!
Viking Moses are Scheduling dates for a Fall tour to promote his new release The Parts that Showed due out before Halloween.