It is the Holiday Season again and despite what is happening with the insane weather, we threw our second annual holiday party at Rough Trade with Snowmine, Salt Cathedral and Bellows. It was nice to see many fans line up early knowing full well that the headliners, Snowmine, would be performing their only show of 2015. Once the doors opened, the Lagunitas IPA, that was specially priced for the night, flowed cold and often from the friendly bartender’s skilled hands.
When Bellows took to the stage, the nearly full venue was ready for their low-fi, indie-rock styling. They were an impressive display of what an opener should be with catchy tunes and a tantalizing stage presence. Throwing some shade, and frankly we deserve it, they quipped that they were thankful for playing our party, but where were the pancakes?! Well, next year we’ll serve em’ up hot and delicious, even if that means we make our Editor-In-Chief don an apron for the night.
The atmosphere changed immediately as the lights dimmed to cave-like proportions when the duo known as Salt Cathedral appeared. With two circular lights situated behind them as their only illumination, the duo played a spaced-out set of indie dream-pop that had us reeling from the authenticity of it all. Originally from Columbia, Juliana Ronderos and Nicolas Losada gave us a breathtaking performance. Highlighted by soaring vocals that bounced tirelessly off layered guitar notes, their set was out of this world.
There was a noticeable buzz in the air as the stage was set up for the 5-piece, ambient-rock band. The room was completely packed as everyone inched closer to see Snowmine play their only show of the year. Once the local heroes took to their instruments, the room exploded in cheers as the first notes washed over us like an old warm blanket.
You could tell that these guys missed playing live. Their non-stop smiling and energy was infectious, which in turn, transferred to the crowd in a symbiotic nature creating a special bond that lasted the entire show. Midway through their set they hit full-stride with an impressive take on their hit “Glide,” that had us wondering how they were so tight without playing for over a year.
The rest of Snowmine’s performance was really special, and overheard from the crowd was “they’ve never sounded better” and “this is fucking unreal.” We at Pancakes And Whiskey agree, it was unreal, and thank you all for making this a special year for us!
Article: Shayne Hanley