Up first at this Jinners-curated bill were Joe and the Flying Spoons, whose lineup brought together a fairly traditional guitars/bass/drums/keyboard setup with four backup singers, who lent harmony vocals to many of the songs. The group’s frontman (Joe, I’m guessing) made an offhand comment about the keyboard tone sounding churchlike, and those words may have affected how the rest of the set seemed. (I believe there was a tongue-in-cheek “Amen” after one of the later songs.) Musically, their sensibility took a classic country aesthetic and washed it through with a hazy, jaded post-Walkmen/The National deadpan approach that seemed very New York circa now. This was apparently their third show, and their setup and sound could lead them in a lot of places. I’m optimistic as to where those places will be.
My notes for Diamond J and the Rough: “good country rock, played by folks who give a damn”. In some cases, that’s all you need: while they don’t redefine the style they’re playing, they pretty much nail it.
Closing out the night: The End of the World, who I saw for the first time around two years ago. This was my second time seeing them with this lineup, and between it and the new songs which dominated their set, I’d say they’re on to something. The new songs move from the pulse-based arrangements heard on You’re Making It Come Alive to something a little more fluctuating, as though having navigated around a traditional rock sound, they then decided to slowly adapt their style in the direction of one. Stefan Marolachakis’s vocals were as raw as ever, slow-burning and vertiginous