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Review: Color Palette @ DC9 2.25.16

By Mary Henkin | Reviews

Technicians combines punk-rock and metal to create music that is grimy, husky and emotionally stripped. The band laid out a heavy, low mood with singer/guitarist Navid Marvi screaming out lyrics desperately searching for hope in a way that leaves you feeling alongside him, reflecting on your own struggles through life. At times transitions in songs happened in leaps, but rather than sound faulty, they only added to the rawness of the performance. Technician’s debut album will drop sometime this year.

Chicago’s indie-rock band The Kickback is the most fun party you’ll ever attend. The quartet spent the set moshing around the stage, always just managing to keep themselves and their instruments from crashing into one another. Singer and guitarist Billy Yost, who holds a distinct resemblance to the Plain White T’s Tom Higgenson, (please don’t hate me if you despise this resemblance), kept the crowd fully entertained spewing witty banter in between songs. “Is anyone in here having any domestic disputes?” he asked the audience at one point. “We are trying to solve people’s relationship problems between songs.”

The Kickback sounds like an updated product of a generation that grew streaming bands on MySpace. They were nostalgic to watch, and prove that great indie bands are still forming.

Electro-rock outfit Color Palette’s show played out like an adventure film, with murky eyes, smoke billowing on stage and low red and blue lights to set the mood. The band mixed cool, low tones with electronic keys and synthetics that effortlessly gusted in and out of songs to create an ethereal performance. Singer Jay Nemeyer‘s voice demanded attention and his lyrics weren’t afraid to confront honest human emotions. Color Palette takes experiences like heartbreak and love, and together turns them into something mystical and inviting.

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