In a city where there are a ton of options for a Thursday night out, I found myself at Mercury Lounge to catch two of my favorite bands – Skyes and paris_monster. Starting off the night, Skyes wooed the crowd to the front of the stage with powerful vocals compliments of lead singer Dallin Knightly. I’ve seen Skyes perform a number of times, and I wasn’t shocked to see the crowd fall in love with them on the spot. They played a powerful set list, with song after song intensifying the energy in the room tenfold, until the final song, “Lullaby.” This song happens to be my personal favorite for the stutter-step drum line and killer guitar work from Dan Tirer.
Next up, the formidable duo of Josh Dion and Geoff Kraly, otherwise known as paris_monster. What they lack in band members they make up in considerable talent, with Josh holding down drums, keys and vocals, and Geoff rounding out their soulful sound on bass and modular synths. Each time I see them perform I’m dumbfounded at just how great they are, and baffled as to how I hadn’t found out about them sooner. A couple of new songs were also thrown into the mix, including the newly released single, “Had Damon Caught His Sloane,” which continues the tradition of the paris_monster sound: infectious grooves.
So consider this your warning. If you haven’t seen Skyes or paris_monster yet, you had better remedy that before the world finally wakes up and catches on.
Article: Lesley Keller