Louder is not always better. Very often it is and I like loud music more then most people would even be able to comprehend. However, sometimes less is more. Case in point: Tiny Vipers. My first Tiny Vipers experience happened in 2006 and I have been actively listening in complete awe ever sense. Four years later Jesy Fortino has been able to prove she still knows how to mix silence and open space better then most others who tackle minimalistic songwriting. Armed with nothing more then an acoustic guitar, she is a master of creating a hush in rooms large and small. There is an invisible level of tension and restraint on display every time she performs and the silence between the sparse and soft guitar work is where the magic happens. A whisper can ruin everything. A sneeze would be met with awkward glares. Answering a cell phone in the middle of one of her seven minute songs would be the equivalent of an atomic bomb going off. An atomic bomb of annoyance. You don’t want to be that guy. Those that can stay still and quiet for a good 40 minutes are in for something special. Those who can’t should probably stay home (or better yet…Erik Blood and The Animals at Night play down the street at the Sunset Tavern. Perfect opportunity to be as loud as you want.)
Arrive early because Friday Mile are quite good and you don’t want to miss them. Stay late because Portland’s very own Horse Feathers close the show and it would also be unwise to miss out on their wonderful sounds.
Oh and did I mention that this is all part of Noise for the Needy? Help the homeless by going to a show. Click here to learn about all the action happening in Ballard Thursday night.
Thursday June 10th: Horse Feathers, Tiny Vipers, Friday Mile, Goldfinch at the Tractor Tavern 5213 Ballard Ave NW 8pm, $12, 21+