The Rhone Occupation/ November 1, 2009
November 1, 2009
It was an unseasonably hot Sunday afternoon in Echo Park (if such a thing exists in Los Angeles), when we met up with The Rhone Occupation at Echo Curio, a little art gallery and shop on Sunset that caters to the hippest of hipsters, with art exhibitions, clothing, vinyl, books, etc., and live music most nights (special thanks to Grant who was gracious enough to let us take the store over for a better part of the afternoon). And, there happened to be an exhibition going on of Michael C. Hsiung’s artwork, who did some awesome stuff for the website. Needless to say, a windowed storefront in Echo Park with no fans and closed doors on a hot day isn’t the best cure for a post-Halloween hangover. Thankfully, there was Budweiser, which actually probably is.
After a couple beers, moving things around, shooting the shit, setting everything up, they sat down and went into their first song , “A Place.” Something subliminally transcendent and almost infectious is going on here, right from the opening bars on the rhodes. Beautifully crafted arrangements that carefully build on themselves with a momentum and force that draw you in and don’t let you out. Moments reminiscent of Radiohead, Elliott Smith, early Death Cab, with an atmospheric tone that’s grounded in a steady intentionality. There’s a certain level of melancholy that carries through the sound, but the band’s performance is strikingly jubilant. The joy of searching for a feeling and finding it.
Find out more about The Rhone Occupation at www.myspace.com/therhoneoccupation
Camera: Elliot Glass & Allen Kelley
Sound: Elliot Glass
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