ERMINE COAT (Perth, Australia via Burlington)
The story of how Alex Griffin, stage name Ermine Coat, ended up in Burlington (let alone our Waking Windows stage) is one of Fate, the Cosmos, and Drunk Decisions to Study Abroad. Feel free to ask him how this all came about. The uncomfortably charming lo-fi act out of Western Australia waxes poetic on topics ranging from near-death experiences to Hillary Rodham Clinton, but don’t expect to hear any love songs. Backed by his new American droogies EC spills into familiar New England weirdo-pop territory with their live set. Be sure to catch them for this limited engagement before Alex heads back to the opposite side of the world!
RIYL: Happy Jawbone Family Band, collaging with old National Geographics, Australian accents, obscure pop culture references
Check back tomorrow for a wild child.
Drawing is the loud yet melodic project of Burlington DIY mainstay and all-around Vermont poster child Henry Webb. Between the owl hoots and wind-rustled leaves, Webb is supported by double-bass pedal drum action from Matt Usifer and intricate guitar work from Jack Braunstein. Drawing is the shadows cast by the moon. Drawing is survival after the storm. Drawing is the wood smoke embedded in your wool sweater. Rumor has it that if you don’t make it to Drawing’s set at Waking Windows this year, you’ll be haunted by ominous spirits until next year’s show.
RIYL: Gloaming, coniferous forests, crackly short-wave radio, sacrificial offerings, Taylor Swift karaoke
Check back tomorrow for fuzzy Uggs made from stoat furs.
KAL MARKS (Boston)
Kal has recently risen in the ranks amongst the grimy and emotional independent music scene in Boston, our big sibling to the south, and for good reason. the charging riffs and cynical lyricism will not only have you headbanging uncontrollably but will also have you smirking right along with them to lines like “you’re a stain on this earth/but you still leave your mark.” Frontman Carl Shane’s utterly distinguishable voice belts out these darkly witty ditties to encourage a musical experience of deep catharsis, something that could benefit all of us with our pent-up aggressions and frustrations—so put a pause on all your other vices and come get sleazy with us.
RIYL: Pile, climbing over obstacles in the mud, feeling so bad about yourself that it feels good, leftover pizza
Check back tomorrow for graphite and nudes.
SUPER BONHEUR (Burlington).
Imagine a beautiful summer day: roasting on the barbie, dirty fingernails, frayed cutoffs, double fisting maple creemees, damp basements, unmade beds, and spilled coffee. Add some weirdos dancing/body rolling to some jamz by our friends Shawn and Nick, and BAM there’s a sick summer day. With Shawn on vocals and a hacked + distorted ukulele, and Nick on his makeshift kit (w/ a briefcase kick drum!), it’s obvious why you came. This lo-flyyy duo will charm you with their brutally honest lyrics and super fun ‘tude. Their set will be at the Friends+Family stage on May 3rd at Waking Windows music/arts fest! Can’t miss Super Bonheur if you’re looking for a R e a l l y G o o d T i m e.
RIYL: lo-fi, tiny instruments, affogato creemees, Diddy Kong racing
Check back tomorrow for lessons on Socialism.
PILOT SUPREME (Burlington/NH)
Adam Deem’s solo project is like flying high down college hill on your two-wheeled machine at top speed in a lightning storm. Try some Rez Hits and tell me his beats aren’t siq. Whatever state of mind you choose to be in, Pilot Supreme will flip you on your head and shake your bones with his eclectic samples, heavy bass, and kreay drum rhythms.
Check back tomorrow for “is that something in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?”