Following through on the shiny writeup
in this week's paper, Blue Horns took the stage at Backspace on Saturday in front of the biggest non-MFNW audience I've seen yet at the venue—in addition to the regulars watching the show from outside the window. So what did they catch? A world music leaning set from Resin Hits (the band composed of members of faux-British punkers the Vonneguts which I unfortunately missed), a rawkus set from Bark Hide and Horn, and a triumphant Blue Horns performance.
According to a legion of articles I've read in the past, women are better at multitasking than men. I'm gonna go ahead and take a gamble that the authors of those pieces haven't seen Bark Hide and Horn, and especially not right after the departure of a member. Why that gamble? Becaus Bark Hide and Horn's Saturday set pretty much unraveled the theory. Playing its first show since trumpter/keyboard/mandolin player Brian Garvey moved to the East Coast, Bark Hide and Horn were in top multitasking form. The drummer Dusty Dybvig? Not so much a drummer as drummer-slash-keyboardist; he spent much of the set tickling the keys with his left hand while at the same time drumming with his right (and keeping the kick drum alive with his foot). Frontman Andy Furgeson whipped out a harmonica midway through, adding to his role as guitarist and violinist. And the bassist Peter Valois? He played his washboard tie (pictures below!), a glockenspiel, the vibraphone and brought life to a melodica in place of the absent trumpet of "Trumpeter Swan"—all in addition to his bass plucking duties.
Blue Horns trotted onto the stage at 11 pm. I'd made the observation that the quartet's frontman Brian Park resembled the Killer's bassist Mark Stoermer. However once Blue Horns took the stage, it was clear the mild comparison began and ended at physical features. Rather than strike a stoic pose, Park went the route of an engaging onstage presence wrought with confidence, bouncing around the stage and barking into his microphone. To his left, bassist Andrew Stern moved around his corner of the stage, shaking his head with wild abandon while lead guitarist Colin Howard stood at the mic and drummer Brian Kramer kept the garage beats steady and danceable. About halfway through the Blue Horns 35-minute set, a pianist joined the group, filling the Blue Horns out to five members for a few songs before they closed on a high note with the first two cuts—"Shotgun Wedding" and "I Will Eat You Up"—from the band's self-titled debut album.
Bark Hide and HornSpace
Bark Hide and Horn Cut of the Day
Photos by Nilina Mason-Campbell