Continued from The Hunger Artists review.
Lane Barrington of The Ocean Floor encouraged the audience to sit or lay down for his performance. As soon as everyone was seated, Lane noted that it looked like story time. The crowd was very respectful, remaining quiet and keeping cell phones out of sight at all times. Lane asked the audience if they knew of any good pizza places. After hearing a few responses, he replied, “Just kidding, I hate pizza and I hate people who like pizza, so I hate you all.” The crowd laughed and the conversation shifted to the pressing topic of burritos.
The Ocean Floor’s performance consisted of Lane singing and playing acoustic guitar while Shannon Steele played xylophone and sang. Shannon’s innovative musical style includes whistling and using two violin bows to play xylophone (this sounds exactly like one would imagine). Lane sang softly and did not use a microphone, thus establishing the need for the crowd to sit down and be quiet.
“We don’t have a home in Phoenix…” before Lane could finish this statement, an audience member volunteered to host him. Shannon pointed out that she was going to sleep in her van, and Lane responded, “either you got it or you don’t”.
“Lovers’ Suite” was introduced as “Three songs in one, some call it sweet, some call it cheap.” The first part of this suite, “AM I?” was played at a friend’s wedding. Lane describes it as “a three song suite called ‘Lovers Suite’, the three songs are “AM I?” “Will You” and “Shouldn’t I”. They are from Pop Quiz, which is further explained here. We instrumentally played “AM I?” for the bride’s entrance and I thought it was funny that as the suite continues it grows much darker, including thoughts of unfaithfulness and death. I’d say it’s totally a love song, love is an overwhelmingly double-edged sword and just like life itself, it encompasses every possible outcome. But “AM I?” is just about the inner questions one has when beginning a relationship, and then once those have been decided, one asks that of the other, then I guess it’s off to the races…that is love, and I think it’s pretty darn appropriate for the wedding, although further listening may be a little depressing!”
The Ocean Floor had the largest crowd of the five bands to play. They set the tone for the mellow, introspective violin melodies of the evening. The Ocean Floor, Ah Holly Fam’ly, and Tobie Milford would make for the perfect soundtrack for a tranquil winter drive.
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