Tim Kasher / Laura Stevenson @ The Echo – 10.18.13 Tim Kasher / Laura Stevenson @ The Echo – 10.18.13

Words and Photos by Michelle Shiers // Michelle Shiers Photography


Laura Stevenson

Part shoegaze, part folk, Long Island native, Laura Stevenson took the stage at The Echo on October 18th, 2013. Stevenson and her backing band The Cans performed rock-meets-accordion-meets-Party-of-Five-soundtrackish songs with sweet aggression and both delicate and soaring vocals. The mixed hipster crowd seemed to enjoy the buoyant grunge – the gravity of which was defied by Laura’s alt-nightingale voice. Songs such as “Triangle” pushed the crowd into a bit of movement and pulled with Stevenson’s” obscure poeticism, “If it’s white and it’s piled high enough so I can float like smoking paper.” Other tracks such as “The Wait” and “8:08” held attention with sincerity and the ache of someone letting their guard down. Emotion and melody are her earnest and subtle weapons.

Tim Kasher

Former Cursive/The Good Life frontman Tim Kasher has a small collective cult-following, fans who adore his clever turn-of-phrase lyrical style and his defeatist story-telling. This October 18th, 2013, Kasher took the Echo stage like the everyman that he is, and filled his set with sarcastic confessionals.

With a voice un-pretty but balanced by cynical prowess, Kasher engaged an introspective crowd with the opener, “A Looping Distress Signal” from his most recent album Adult Film. Much of the set were tracks from this record, a collection of songs filled with humanity, synth, and self-doubt. As Kasher described to the crowd, he was giving us “wrist-slashing songs up against wrist slashing songs.” The Chamberlain flutes and B3 organ were reminiscent of 60’s rock and with vocals retaining Kasher’s post-hardcore imperfection and unabashed delivery.

Kasher told an anecdote where he was performing next door to a Gwar show and a fan burst into his venue insisting that he be watching the Gwar set instead. He likened this interruption to a 14 year old version of himself exploring his own ugly organ whilst looking at a beautiul rainbow brite and being burst in on.

Other tracks of filtered catharsis were “The Recluse” – a Cursive cover that was one of the most well-received of the set and “Where’s Your Heart Lie” featuring opener Laura Stevenson. The Good Life songs performed were “The Competition” and “Album of the Year” – also big hits with old-school fans. Toward the end of the night, Kasher covered The Faint track “Worked Up So Sexual” and closed the evening with the fuzzy and upbeat “Truly Freaking Out.” Tim Kasher is no stranger to the conceptualization of humanity and regret and as lyrics for his closing song would suggest:

“And I know, I know, I know the end is near
And I know, I know you’re going to disappear.”

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