October 10, 2007 - The Crocodile - Seattle, WA
by Nicholas Hubbard
Eulogies were very grateful to the small audience present when their opening set began in the funhouse atmosphere of the Crocodile Café. They thanked us a couple of times and then guitarist/frontman Peter Walker added a tone-setting question, “Anybody lonely?” No response. “Just kidding.” Pause. “Everybody’s lonely, right?” This launched the band into a collection of songs that had the distinctive feeling of a Southwestern desert road trip: isolation. Without knowing, I knew they were from L.A.
Bassist Tim Hutton confirmed this as he packed up. I chatted with him after the show; he had caught my attention on stage by toggling between keys with one hand and bass with the other. Like his bandmates, his musicianship was precise. They didn’t seem to slip up through intricate guitar licks (think the 1990s or Queens of the Stone Age) that were the pavement on top of which they layered vocal harmonies worthy of Alice in Chains. Eulogies created a David Lynchian visual disturbance by projecting old home movies onto the front of the drum kit. Images of big bosomed women in floral print dresses and an ecstatic, insolent kid in a checkered shirt mesmerized like flashes of billboards on the edge of the highway.
Their performance didn’t have a stand out moment. The songs themselves weren’t exactly memorable, but they combined to make a solid forty-five minutes of music. Walker, Hutton and Chris Reynolds on percussion were consistent, controlled and smooth. This was no frills rock n’ roll from a town where just about everything and everyone is made up. Eulogies’ approach made loneliness, not the classic L.A. excess, seem cool.
Portland’s The Hugs followed with Who-inspired strumming and outfits like the Strokes’ younger brothers. Their contribution to the evening was to make everyone want to get up and dance. Headliners Film School were disappointingly monotonous, although the majority of the by-then large crowd seemed pleased. Maybe I just wanted to feel lonely again.
More on Eulogies: www.eulogiesmusic.com / www.myspace.com/eulogiesmusic.