The dancers and drinkers cleared back out into the front bar of Pianos after Slowdance’s set, which is unfortunate because those people missed a gem – Himalaya. At a time when so many local bands are starting to sound the same with either electronic dance music or cutesy dream pop, Himalaya goes deeper than that. Harkening back to 70s psych-rock and 90s shoegaze, Himalaya takes you on a side-winding psychedelic journey.
With most of the songs off their self-titled album being over five minutes, their sound pulls you into landscape-y layers of guitar distortion and fuzzy synth that ebb and flow in waves. The moody vocals top it all off, and all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the Himalaya ride.
El Sportivo & The Blooz was next, a band I was unaware of before this show. Tonight, it was one guitarist/singer doing a solo performance, so I’m still unaware of what they are like live. Most of the crowd seemed to have left for good by this time, so it was a lonely performance. The band’s recorded songs sound promising to me, so hopefully El Sportivo & The Blooz will come back around as a whole band sometime for a better representation.