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February 3, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Future bright for Seattle’s Slow Bird | Concert review

Slow Bird played The Crocodile Saturday.

Slow Bird played The Crocodile Saturday.

As Slow Bird worked over the post-rock melodic soundscape of “Backfire” Saturday night at The Crocodile, the comparisons to rising commodity Phantogram were easy to make. Perhaps it was the bank of multicolored LED lights that backlit the Seattle trio that suggested this leap, or maybe it was simply the bass-heavy pop music that was hiding underneath Joshua Dore’s screaming guitars.

Slow Bird singer and keyboardist Jennae Quisenberry doesn’t have the same brash stage presence of Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel, but she’s a more interesting singer and is willing to growl or choke out her lyrics as the situation calls for it. And where Phantogram — who sold out two shows in Seattle last year — uses such crushing bass in their live shows it smothers the texture of their songs, Slow Bird achieved a satisfying balance. 

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