batteryboy at the Cake Shop

2 Jun

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Last night, batteryboy kicked off a three week run up to the release of their record Up For Air with an all-acoustic show at the Cake Shop. With four drums arrayed around him and his guitar, Cobey Rouse confessed to nerves without having the PA to fall back on, or having his voice “drenched in reverb.” In spite of any trepidation, the combination of Rouse, violinist Shannon Frid (who also played and bowed a glockenspiel) and Eric Carranza on keys, guitar and ukelele filled the house with a clear and powerful sound with hints of DeVotchKa that had the room bobbing and swaying along. As with all the Cake Shop shows, there were questions from the audience, banter and a chance for new songs to get tried out – some literally from the rehearsal the night before. Catch batteryboy at the Stone Arch Bridge Festival on June 15th, and the Up For Air release at Icehouse on June 22nd.

UPDATE: Ann Treacy of the Twin Cities Daily Planet came and wrote about the show: “Batteryboy play pretty music. The melody of the sad songs, even without the lyrics, opens your heart. The reserved upbeat tempo of the joyous songs makes you smile wistfully. The harmony of the singers, the blending of violin…it’s just beautiful, grown up music.”

batteryboy – Just Enough from CakeIn15 on Vimeo.

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