Concert review: Slumberbuzz at the Where House


Sept. 15

The Where House, Fort Worth

Posted 8:46am on Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2013

The Where House, the most indie of all music venues in Funkytown, is famous for its extemporaneous scheduling.

Sunday’s booking was so impromptu that Where House owner Casey Smith wasn’t aware of it until the day before. But planning is not required for a Where House party, and I had to go check it out.

Taylor Craig Mills was on stage when I walked in, and I managed to climb onto my standard observation perch (the subwoofer) just as Mills tore into his song End of the Tunnel, one of my favorites. Mills is a godsend to the Fort Worth music community, and in my opinion, never gets the credit he deserves.

Up next, we had Gender Infinity, out of Austin. It was a three-piece band with a quirky sound and some decent instrumental skills. While I enjoyed their set a lot, I’m glad I didn’t get too invested; this was apparently their last show together. The band’s Facebook page listed members Autumn Lawless aka Alice Dee (vocals, guitar, footdrums); Bobby Pinnnn (vocals, keyboards); and Mr. Arbuckle (bass).

At the end of their set, the keyboardist announced that this was their last gig ever. The guitarist suggested nobody buy the CDs, and then wasn’t in the mood to answer questions afterward. The onstage banter between the members was the stuff of a bad break-up.

“We can’t stand each other,” the keyboardist told me later, but added: “The bass player is nice.”

Closing out the night was Slumberbuzz, a shoe-gazing band that barely fit on the normally adequate Where House stage.

The band consists of guitarist/vocalist Jason Alford , guitarist Aaron Davis , guitarist Sam Dobbins , bassist John Pickle , drummer Sean Toth , and keyboardist Alaina Tompkins . Each guitar flowed through a baffling array of effects before reaching the amps and the resulting sound was often a rhythmic wall of distortion and feedback. It was somewhat slow-paced and trance-like, compared to the other psychedelic bands that have become a staple of the Funkytown music scene.

Vocals were mostly an accent to the instruments. In the sound mix, words were not really that distinguishable (as often is the case in a live setting) so the band gave me a cassette tape of their music to listen to.

More than one person told me that Slumberbuzz generally has a much tighter show than Sunday night, but I honestly enjoyed the garage jam atmosphere. This is certainly one of the must-see bands in Panther City.

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