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Concert Review: Animal Spirit at Lola's Saloon

Animal Spirit March 24th, 2013 Lola’s Saloon 2736 West 6th St., Fort Worth 817-877-0666 www.lolasfortworth.com 4 out of 5 stars

Posted 8:52am on Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2013

If you are looking for something new or different, Sunday is the night many venues are willing to take a risk. And Lola’s Saloon seems to have a handle on it better than most.

But it’s not just that, it’s the atmosphere of the place. The joint is populated by friends of the band, members of other bands, and friends of all of the above – true believers in local music and as such, it’s more organic.

When I got there Austin's Meridian State Park was just finishing up their set. They did Third Eye Blind's Semi-Charmed Life, and an original tune. They seemed interesting, but I didn’t get enough of their set to really get a feel for them.

Next up we had The Fibs, a new band, consisting of Preston Newberry (vocals/guitar) Dylan Parks (drums), and Westley Harwart (bass).

Back in the 1960’s, Dan Electro made a guitar for Sears Roebuck that came in a hardshell case with a built-in amp and speaker. Newberry set one of these up on stage for part of his sound (as well as a more traditional amp). Newberry’s guitar sound was effects heavy, with lots of reverb and at times had a kind of Ennio Morricone feel to the thing. Much of the music was slower, more trance-like stuff, but they occasionally found some energy and intensity and it got a bit more rock infused. I can’t wait to see where they go with this.

Closing us out we had the not-as-new Animal Spirit, consisting of Andrew Stroheker (guitar/vocals), Sam Wuehrmann (vocals/keys), Parker Anderson (drums/percussion/vocals), and Joe Prankster (bass/vocals).

Wuehrmann fronts the band, and even though she is not always lead vocalist, she owns the stage. Small in stature, she has a large presence. The guitar work was tasteful, and Prankster’s bass work was spot on (as usual).

Joe Easton, local videographer and Lola’s sound man for the night, said he has run sound for these guys multiple times and they just keep getting better. I have to agree. The band is trippy, harmonious, thoughtful and energetic.

Both of these bands (The Fibs and Animal Spirit) are worth keeping an eye on, both have that touch of psychedelia that seems to be running through the DNA of the Funkytown music scene.

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