>> A few volunteers and staff at Small World Books - a quaint and homey space - opened their doors to invite their musical friends and others to play songs, eat pizza, and have a good time enjoying the pleasant evening weather immersed in good conversation. This casual space located in downtown Rochester (with its beloved, black, shop cat) has evidently cultivated a growing community. Currently, a photo gallery featuring prints from various local artists is on display along their winding walls. They're always looking to feature more people in the community every few months. But for this past Thursday night, musicians were front and center. A trio of ridiculously talented bands would flood the basement of this bookstore with heavy, emotional tunes.
Rochester locals Rut showed up with their loud, and heavy tunes, playing from their latest track releases “Guy/Drag,” and their album “Bad Hour.” This past April, they joined in a short east coast tour with Full Body, who would play later in the night. The gratitude and kinship throughout the evening between the bands was ever present. Full of energy and brightly-lit, well-crafted pedal boards, this four-piece starts strong, and ends strong.
Coming in from Raleigh, North Carolina, an indie post-punk band named Truth Club stopped in our city for the very first time. They’ve been on the road for almost a month, touring mostly in the south and the east coast, toting their amazing new album on vintage cassette tapes as well as a few t-shirts. Even though they were far from home, and in a city they’ve never played in, there were fans singing along in the crowd. Hits like “Tethering,” “Dry Off,” and title track “Not an Exit” had the crowd moving, and kept the energy high.
Closing out the festivities for the evening was local, indie alt-punk influenced band Full Body. Dylan Vaisey, on guitar and vocals, volunteered at Small World for the evening, and helped put this shindig together. This four-piece has done short tour runs both in late winter, and spring of this year, and they’re still hopping onto local bills. Keep your eyes and ears open to catch these talented humans in action performing songs from their album ‘What’s Good?’ around town, or perhaps in a city near you.