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Friday, September 26, 2008

Decibel: Peloton Showcase @ Sole Repair

posted by on September 26 at 9:04 AM

d-corwin.jpgStewart Walker taking over for Mister Leisure, photo by Kelly O

Last night, the fifth annual Decibel Festival kicked off with—among other showcases—a record release party/showcase for local upstart label Peloton at Sole Repair (more on Peloton here). It’s hard to tell this early into the fest, but Sole Repair may turn out to be the hottest venue of the weekend. It’s small and vibey and the sound is, as always at Decibel, killer; it also hit capacity at about 10:30 last night and had a line down the block for much (all?) of the rest of the night (meanwhile, the Deconstructing Pop showcase over at Neumo’s was practically empty). The door guy was letting one in for every one person out—you walked outside you were back in the line—at one point he told Decibel Festival director (and performer) Sean Horton that the place was at capacity and he would have to wait in line. Horton was not pleased. But between Sole Repair’s small size, it’s wealth of talent this weekend (especially tonight’s party with “The Trinity”), and its proximity to the main events at Neumos, expect this to happen again this weekend.

Inside, though, everyone seemed to be having a blast. Mister Leisure (aka sometimes Stranger writer Matt Corwine) stirred up the crowding dance floor with an hour-long set in which Corwine, a friend observed, seemed to be cramming in as many songs as possible (“It’s been an hour and I’ve heard like 10 songs”). Still, the rapid mix worked, especially one track whose every bar seemed punctuated with the sound of glass breaking (another friend said ice tinkling, but I like to imagine everyone’s dancing so hard they’re dropping a drink every four beats—although of course that would make for a pretty treacherous dance floor). At the close of his set, Stewart Walker seemed eager to get going, but Corwine wanted to squeeze in one last song. They eventually, through a series of terse nods, negotiated a take over, in which Corwine’s filter house played out and faded while the Walker’s much deeper kick drum took over. Have I mentioned that the sound was great—thumping and clean and only really overwhelming if you’re right up front in the speaker—and this next guy really gave the sound system a work-out. Too bad I had to take off, but even the truncated first night has gotten me completely excited for the rest of the long, awesome weekend. As they say, Happy Decibel!

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At the close of his set, the next guy (Stewart Walker? [a]pendics.shuffle?)

Walker. My report to come soon.

Posted by segal | September 26, 2008 9:58 AM

Amended. Thanks, Dave.

Posted by Eric Grandy | September 26, 2008 10:25 AM

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