Scenes From Last Night’s Colleen Green Show at The Crown and Harp.
Credit a booking snafu for last night’s stacked quintuple bill at The Crown and Harp last night.
After the venue had booked lo-fi scuzz pop act Colleen Green to its stage for a suggested donation show on this date, the room’s bookers reached out to four locals to gauge their interested in playing the bill. To the venue’s surprise, all four acts approached — Sunglasses & Sugar, Spookeasy, Fungi Girls and War Party — all expressed interest.
And, boom, just like that, a middle-of-the-week bash was set. Thank goodness for that, too, as it was the locals that did the heavy lifting at this show.
That’s not to say, however, that the L.A. via Boston Colleen Green necessarily bombed; she just merely disappointed is all.
As evidenced by Sock It To Me, her March-released debut LP for Sub Pop imprint Hardly Art, Green, who also performed a free set at Good Records earlier in the day with her playing partner, the single-named Marissa, is a fairly strong songwriter in the vein of Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino. That same slacker vibe upon which Best Coast has built its reputation is fully present in Green’s songs, too; so is the overall beachy vibe through which it’s filtered. And, clearly, Green has a knack for melody, as well. Sock It To Me‘s songs stick. One listen and you’re humming her hooks for days.
Live, however, Green’s a lesser beast. There’s no drummer on stage with her — just a machine on constant loop that she tinkers with and speeds up or slows down between songs — and it’s something of a vibe-killer given the bouncy nature of her bedroom-penned tunes. Same goes for her actual guitar work. Green stumbled for the first minute or so through the fret work of her opening number, not looking especially comfortable until reaching the power chord drive of her chorus.
But, as she settled into her set, she eventually settled into her groove. And the supportive crowd on hand didn’t seem to mind much. Green’s hooks about her boyfriend’s dark eyes and how cool she thinks certain people are charmed this crowd just fine, thanks.
In the end, it was a decent offering; there’s promise aplenty with Green, even if that promise might be a few years off from earning especially high marks live.
The locals sandwiching her on this bill didn’t need any sort of kickstart, though. Spookeasy, whose set led into Green’s, sounded especially strong — stronger than ever, even, since the addition of John Warwick on bass, which has given the band a beefier, significantly loud boom. Fungi Girls, meanwhile, followed Green, and, though the band’s three members still all hover around the 20-year-old mark, the band comes across more comfortable than ever these days when playing their brand of garage psych on stage — the result of their having done so since they were, oh, 15 or so, no doubt. War Party, who closed the night, similarly pleased with ease, finding time between their song break banter to mix some horn play into their set.
Considering the price of the affair and the weeknight upon which it fell, it was everything one could realistically want from this offering, really. Which is to say plenty.