I think The Rest would finally call the position they’re in “exciting”. An electronic crash seemingly sent all of their hard work on the upcoming album SEESAW into some Poltergeist-like nether-space. Thankfully a crew responsible for black box recoveries found the album and it is finally ready for release June 19. I’ve been covering this thing for a year now and I’ll have an article for you to soak up VERY soon in preparation for SEESAW. By the way, the album is absolutely striking (I got to hear it the other day and it begs for big space).
I want to go on and on about how hard these guys have worked and the merits of seven members and experimentation in today’s music but I’ll save it for the upcoming article. What should be noted is how many fans this band collects per show.
Last night The Rest opened for Eight And A Half (an inspired choice by the way) and completely unleashed their set list on the crowd. Layers upon layers of guitars, effects, percussion and sound morphed The Casbah into a new territory. Adam’s vocals completed mapped the spectrum and impressed newcomers. When The Rest were quiet they haunted every individual in the room and when they were loud they connected us. Perhaps the best compliment I can pay them is that last night felt fresh and pure. Considering I’ve seen them play the same set five or six times (as they tried to recover the lost album), that should speak heaps for their creativity and sound.
The Rest is a band that you bring friends to see. You buy them a ticket and you bring them along and when they say “wow” after the set’s done you’ll be proud to share this particular treasure from our hometown.
Note: Just a little further praise for the sound man Steve. Meshing seven members isn’t easy but to my ears it was glorious.