Wymond Miles and Crocodiles at Bunk Bar in Portland, OR on November 11, 2013
Wymond Miles kicked off his tour in his home base of San Francisco two nights ago, in support of his second LP, Cut Yourself Free. Miles and his touring bandmates, plucked from NYC and LA, arrived at the sandwich bar moonlighting as a live music venue, Bunk Bar, looking jellylike. The foursome had spent the day relaxing in the bathhouse of Bagby Hot Springs; hauling equipment and making noise was probably not the most desirable activity after a repose in the forest.
Though they didn't have much time to rehearse together before the tour, Miles & Co. demonstrated their seasoned craftsmanship. Songs from the latest album comprised more than half of the nine-song set . Kicking off with the opening track from Cut Yourself Free, "Ascension", Miles warmed up with his Fender then transitioned seamlessly to the keys for the current single, "Night Drives". The Robert Smith-like vocals took a bit of a back seat among the strumming of guitars and the pounding of the drum kit. But overall, the foursome's performance clearly demonstrated the skills that unfortunately the young opening local band before them has yet to acquire.
After the moody post punk of Miles, San Diego-based band, Crocodiles closed out the night. The little light and the smoke that kept from a total photographer's despair had turned into a bloody darkness. After trying to wade through the amassed crowd to find a hope for a decent exposure, I gave up. It was impossible - even with my latest full sensor DSLR, Crocodiles were not meant for the camera's eye; but to join the Monday night crowd and dance to the noise pop the band has been perfecting for over a half decade.
Wymond Miles / Crocodiles Tour Dates:
Nov 15, 2013: St. Paul, MN, Turf Club
Nov 16, 2013: Chicago , IL, The Empty Bottle
Nov 19, 2013: Toronto, ON, Lee’s Palace
Nov 20, 2013: Montreal , QC, Divan Orange
Nov 21, 2013: Allston, MA, Great Scott
Nov 22, 2013: Philadelphia, PA, Boot & Saddle
Nov 23, 2013: Brooklyn , NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg
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