About 100 people gathered in the basement of the El Korah Shrine on April 14 to see Ingrown (local), Bent Shapes (Boston) and Colleen Green (Calif.) open for Thick Business (local).
Though Ingrown played its usual brand of meathead hardcore, it failed to get the audience slammin’, but it wasn't the band's fault—it was only 7:30 p.m., too early to get stupid and sweaty. By the time Bent Shapes played, its great set of jangly, jagged, Slumberland-style indie rock drastically changed the vibe.
Colleen Green, the coolest girl in rock, followed, accompanied only by a guitar and a rhythm machine. It was vintage Green, from when she used to tour solo and play house parties. Green sings in a cool detached voice and wears sunglasses, but her music is accessible, witty and fun—even her lyrics are all about her neuroses.
Closing out the evening was Boise's Thick Business. The band is difficult to describe, but TB took the audience on a strange proggy trip, a perfect end to the show.
Another big star of the evening was the venue. The basement of the Shrine doesn't have a stage or the awesome neon sign that's in ballroom, but the intimate space does have a great sound system, cheap hot dogs and one of the best bars in Boise. If that isn't enough, the show was all ages and it only cost $5 to get in. Fugazi would be proud.
Thick Business, Colleen Green, Get Bent, Ingrown; April 14; El Korah Shrine Basement