Saturday, August 18, 2012

In Concert: The Grownup Noise

On Friday, August 10, Boston-based indie-pop group The Grownup Noise brought their music back to town at Club Passim, and certainly did not disappoint.
They opened with "Just So You Know", one of my favorite songs off of their 2007 debut album. They then delved into their 2011 LP, This Time With Feeling.  Looking around the room, there were certainly more than a few family members and friends of the band - lots of local support!  
The Grownup Noise is made up of vocal and musical stylings of  Paul Hansen (vocals, guitar, keys), Adam Sankowski (bass, keys, vocals), Rachel Arnold (cello, vocals), Aine Fujioka (drums, vocals), and Todd Marsten (accordion, keys).  That's right, kids, accordion AND cello.  How often do you see that? 

I was so happy when they played a Nick Drake cover - "Northern Sky". Such a beautiful song, and Paul's voice and the band's harmonies really did this song justice.  Paul mentioned a desire to have a Nick Drake Tribute Show at Club Passim - how great would that be?

The sound at Club Passim was really great (my first time there - go early for dinner from Veggie Planet!) and I was able to hear every lyric, which was important since their songwriting talents match their instrumental abilities.  
Another favorite song that they played was "Outside" - "You're breaking in but you're bringing the sunshine with you/ You're breaking in but you're bringing the outside, too."  Also, their song "Carnival" was a crowd favorite - this video put up by PopMatters really encompasses the atmosphere at a Grownup Noise show (and Katie is in it, too, on keyboard!).  

Check The Grownup Noise out on Facebook and Twitter to see when they will be performing at a venue near you -- it's definitely a band worth putting on your concert-seeing radar or online-music-listening-radar.  If you get to see 'em, tell Adam that Joanna sent you!

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