The Grasshopper Lies Heavy converged on the Rock Bottom Tattoo Bar (formerly the Lounge at Avenue B) on Friday, May 25 to celebrate the release of its new EP, GUN, and upcoming tour.
Distilling their moniker from manipulated biblical reference and homage to Hugo Award-winning literature, TGLH displays a concerted investment in pushing musical boundaries. Particular to TGLH are intricate time signatures and unorthodox song structures, largely the fruits of James Woodard’s complex, seamless writing. Clayton Billadeau is exceptional on bass guitar, working with Woodard to revive shoegaze and explore the corners of experimental guitar, ultimately creating an intensely emotive sound.
Recently signed to Forgotten Empire Records, TGLH used the show as a positive foreshadowing of their upcoming road dates. When paired with Billadeau’s proficiency, Woodard’s ability to navigate through multiple layers of intent and delivery created a stunning live performance.
Another band hitting the road soon is pedal-steel-pop quartet Snowbyrd, with the band set to represent San Antonio at the NXNE Festival in Toronto. The group has sandwiched a few northeast dates around the June 7 NXNE showcase, including gigs in New York, Boston, and Providence, Rhode Island.
If you want to wish them well, or simply need to hear some of their off-kilter gems, you can catch their send-off show on Friday, June 1 at Beethoven Maennerchor (422 Pereida), along with Piñata Protest and DJ Plata, aka Eddie Hernandez, guitarist for Sexto Sol. Call Beethoven Maennerchor at 222-1521 for more info.
Red to Black
The Red Room, a personal project created by Delphine Gunning to provide a listener-friendly singer-songwriter haven in San Antonio, has ceased to exist. Gunning decided to close the venue on Thursday, May 24 after 13 months, the last five of them spent at the North Broadway location of Taco Garage.
The closing was the culmination of a difficult stretch for Gunning, which saw the Red Room move from its more intimate, interior spot to Taco Garage’s patio after failing to meet building-occupany-permit requirements, and the dissolution of her friendship with SA Indie Fest partner Robin Lambaria.
Gunning is currently in the process of receiving certification as a special-education teacher and says she needs a break from the daily grind of running a music venue. “If I could find a room that would be right for the Red Room, I’d try it. But I don’t have any money right now, and I’m pretty tired,” she says.
— Francesca Camillo and Gilbert Garcia