Hi Ho Silver Oh/ December 14, 2010
December 14, 2010
It was a Tuesday night when we met up at Casey’s place, which I guess is somewhere in East Hollywood or maybe Thai Town? It was one of those too good to be true houses, with an amazing backyard (house party shows?), fire pit, and neighbors that are cool with being kind of “too loud” at night. There was also a pretty astounding craftsman front door, if you’re into that kind of thing. Kevin, the bassist, was running late from a Best Buy commercial audition over on the west side (did he get it?).
Between songs, these guys were all smiles, joking around and having a great time, but their music is the furthest thing from casual. Sure, the lyrics bounce with a periodic tinge of sarcasm, but the instrumentation, melodic arrangements and three part harmonies exhibit a deliberate and meticulous approach to songwriting. At times, it feels kind of post-punk Fleet Foxes; methodically crafted pieces that have a purposeful ebb and flow, always flirting with the edge of overindulgence, but held together by Trela’s composed delivery and earnest lyrics. There’s a certain sincerity to it all that seems to grow on you more and more with each listen.
Standout track for me: “Big Rocks.” Also, apologies for the lighting on “Pool Party,” we solved that by bringing out some more lamps for the rest of the set.
Find out more about Hi Ho Silver Oh at www.hihosilveroh.com
Camera: Aaron Davidson & Elliot Glass
Sound: Elliot Glass
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