HAPPY HOLLOWS + NIGHTMARE AIR + GEORGE GLASS + SON OF STAN @ THE SATELLITE
Photos and words by Ethan Shvartzman
Amethyst – a stone traditionally worn to guard against drunkenness and to instill a sober mind. Well, we were all drunk on The Happy Hollows’ music at The Satellite for the record release of Amethyst. The vivacious and talented Sarah Negahdari alternated between unabashed displays of gratitude for the audience and some serious guitar shredding, as well as interpretive dancing. The new songs sounded electric – full-blooded, gutsy, yet accessible, as evidenced by an early highlight of the set – a new track called “Endless.” They’re back!
The mood drastically shifted as Nightmare Air took stage in near darkness, serving up some serious noise-pop, feedback and shoegaze. Unlike many other bands currently riding the shoegaze revival, Nightmare Air delivered the goods, delivering a bombastic set that benefited from dual vocal duties.
Son of Stan opened the night with a fun set that was reminiscent of tracks from a John Hughes film soundtrack. Lead singer, Jordan Richardson, interspersed jokes throughout the set, ending with an ear worm of a track called “Noxzema (The Obscene),” which he joked was about being an asshole and also the face cream.