Did you know Seaplane now has two locations on 23rd? I didn't until Friday night, when I ventured into NW to catch Love Menu and Horse Feathers performing in Seaplane's "Pop-up" location on 23rd and Lovejoy—just a bit further down the block from its flagship store. So why exactly were the two acts performing inside of a local retail store when there wasn't a Penny Jam
camera in site? Well, it all has to do with Love Menu leader Emily Katz. Both of her clothing lines—the self-titled Emily Katz and the embroidery-dependent Bonnie Heart Clyde—were on display and available for purchase. Shoes customized by Katz stood to attention, zines containing her writing decorated the main table and encaustic paintings and collages created by her hand were hung on the wall. It was only fitting, then, that the music she makes would find its way into the air of the single room.
The music portion of the evening kicked off a little after 9 pm. Katz was joined by two bandmates, including drummer Emily Baker—whose stylishly mismatched earrings bounced in time to the beats she was making. Horse Feathers took to the stage soon after Love Menu's short, yet entirely fulfilling set, with frontman Justin Ringle announcing that Horse Feathers had joined the bill in an effort to see Love Menu as he'd been continually missing the group's live outings for the past two months. After that admission, the trio (minus cellist Heather Broderick, who's on tour with her brother and his band Efterklang
) momentarily battled against a stereo intent on playing Cat Stevens, but easily won a song later with just the turn-down of the dial. Horse Feather's three-piece harmonies, passionate guitar strumming, and even more impassioned vocals (plus a musical saw and bow!) made quite an impression among racks of designers clothes.
Emily Katz Official site
Love Menu blog
Photos by Nilina Mason-Campbell