Loyal readers of Maimed & Tamed, allow us to introduce our new west coast M&T correspondent, Pete Rappaport. An LA transplant by way of Boston, Pete considers himself a combination of William Miller meets Rob Gordon because as he puts it, “From a young age I used mixtapes to express my emotions to girls because let’s face it, I was one giant wuss and musicians could tell girls what I thought about them better than I could.” I think we’re all going to like this guy.
Tuesday night Pete attended The Silent Comedy show at Troubadour in LA and this is his account.
Last night the Troubadour welcomed San Diego based The Silent Comedy onto their legendary stage. Two brothers, and sons of a preacher, Jeremiah & Josh Zimmerman, along with cousin Chad Lee, and long-time friend, Justin Buchanan took to the stage at Los Angeles’ historic music venue. This quartet of revivalist influenced musicians defies any preconceived vision I ever had of people from this walk of life. They drink, sing about god and family, and pour every ounce of their blood into putting on a mesmerizing show for their fans.
Watching them on stage last night made me realize that it doesn’t really matter what kind of music you appreciate, everyone can find something to enjoy in The Silent Comedy’s performances. Playing music ranging from Americana, Folk, and Rock n’ Roll that will make you want to bang your non-existent long hair covered head, they leave no fan feeling disconnected. This all while incorporating lyrics that stem from their personal experiences in life, working in the Southern California bar scene, and even more so, their experiences attending revival meetings. I’m no man of the church, but if I were and had this band playing in my local church I’d be sure to never miss a Sunday morning visit (sorry, they don’t actually play in your local churches). Tuesday night’s show featured songs off their new EP “Friends Divide” (see set list below).
In my years of writing and photographing I’ve often discussed the ability for a band to connect with its audience and depending on the venue, that band can succeed or fail miserably. Sometimes I think it’s the venue that makes the band special, and other times I think it’s the band playing the venue that makes it special. Troubadour is hands down my favorite venue in Los Angeles and last night I think it was a combination of the lyrics and energy coming from The Silent Comedy on stage, and the environment of Troubadour that left me relatively speechless as I drove home.
While the band’s current tour is coming to an end, only making its way up and down the west coast, keep an eye out for an extended tour, or so I hope, to more cities in the future. Prior to playing in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, they played the 91x “Wrex the Halls” concert in San Diego alongside Queens of the Stone Age, Vampire Weekend, Cage The Elephant, Alt-J and Arctic Monkeys.
Favorite songs from last night’s show: “Light of Day”, “Gasoline”, “The Well”
Light of Day
Sharks Smell Blood
All Saints Day
Blood on the Rails
All photos © 2013 Pete Rappaport
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