The Pour House
Firework Show‘s families and friends surrounded the stage last week at the Pour House during a celebration of the band’s debut EP, Glee Noise. The most familiar fans were well aware of the band’s talent. They knew the music, and danced accordingly. There was a feeling that they were playing like they had something to prove.
The biggest surprise of the night — excluding their encore of Elton John’s “Benny and the Jets” — was the set’s impressive length and the variety of styles within it. Glee Noise contains six songs. It would be reasonable to expect a short-but-sweet set highlighting those tracks. But Firework Show dazzled the crowd into the early morning with 18 songs, all captivating explorations of their indulgent improvisation.
They opened with the EP’s crunchy “Whaddayaknow,” bringing Zach Bodtorf’s guitar skills front and center. The unreleased “Down by the Water” came next. This highlight had Bodtorf and bassist Casey Atwater sliding down the necks of their instruments and sharing singing duties over a classic-sounding chorus.
Drummer Brandon Gallagher shined throughout with a sparkly headband and a presence rarely seen from a percussionist. Braxton Brown, the keyboardist, added atmospherics resulting in periodic Glee Noise-induced comas. They wrapped with standouts from the EP, “Not So Blue,” “Driving Underwater,” and “Mountain Man.”
As the show winded down, the crowd began to dwindle. Family and friends waited to congratulate the band. New-found fans flooded the table to purchase their copies of Glee Noise. And they can all rest assured that, with all the fiery and fantastic songs not on that disc, a full-length CD release party is not far off.
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