The Beech Benders
It’s Friday. June 14th (sorry, Jason Voorhies). A lot of those in the Beeg have left for Bonnaroo. But for those of us who will be enjoying our air conditioners and comfy beds, we had a special treat tonight at Tidball’s…
The doors opened at 9pm. At first, the turn-out didn’t look promising, but as the night went on, the audience trickled in. The Beech Benders were the first to take the stage.
The sound of The Beech Benders pays homage to that of the early 60’s twang, or “surf” rock. The guys were all smiles during their set.
“[we’re] doin’ it for fun… we play when we can.”
The group is a side project for brothers Steven and David Page; both are members of The Reneaus from Bowling Green. However, the quartet have been making music together for a while as the four used to be roommates.
“…it was very danceable”
-Naomi Lowe, concert goer
Members of the audience found it difficult to stand still as the group rocked original tunes and covers such as the theme song from Scooby Doo and “Day Tripper” by The Beatles; concert goers Naomi Lowe and Jason Moody were dancing as if in a beach party film.
Tonight also served as the release show for the Benders’ comic book and E.P. release. The comic book, by Blake Sims, tells a story of the band’s encounter with the blood-thirsty Count Bloodenstein… Do they make it out alive? Do they beat the vampire? You’ll have to read for yourself. You’ll be able to catch the Beech Benders at Tidball’s again on June 29th, make sure you pick up your copy of comic which comes with a 2-track CD.
The Fair-Weather Kings
Closing out the night were the Fair-Weather Kings. They kicked off the set with their popular song “Satellite Galaxies;” the harmonious whoa‘s in the beginning of the song called the rest of the audience indoors signaling that smoke break is over. The solid rhythm section of Long and Williams paired with the 6-string melodies of Barton and Stone give the Fair-Weather Kings that sophisticated garage-rock sound made famous by bands like The Strokes in the early 2000’s; a sound made modern by the addition of Brown on the keyboard.
After speaking with the Fair-Weather Kings and their fans, I found out that Stone has a unique way of writing the lyrics to their music… Wife Sara Stone and band mate Zach Barton describe a process that involves writing the music first, lyrics later. A formula that has been fail-proof for the Kings.
“He’ll sing jibberish and make up lyrics that go with that jibberish.”
However, the Kings got the chance to flex their muscles during “The Righteous & The Sensless.” Toward the middle of the song, Stone, Williams, and Long transitioned into an impressive jam session and were joined by Barton and Brown a few minutes later. Thus further proving that Southcentral Kentucky has a lot of talent with a lot of promise.
The boys finished their set with a fun cover of “Don’t Worry By Happy,” and the audience was released on a, well, happy note.
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*sorry about the poor photo quality, my smart phone ain’t too smart when it comes to the picture takin’