The show was held in a vacant video store and the lighting did not lend that well for a coffee house. In addition there were a lot of parental types, not that thatís a band thing they need their music to, and only a handful of people under the age of 25 so I was curious to see how Insomniac Folklore would fair among this audience.
After a ceremoniously long wait, the band finally took the stage and with little fan fair, quickly ripped into classics such as Senior Trip and The Lego Song. Tonight's show featured the addition of percussion extraordinaire Tyrone Wing whoís skill greatly added to the I F sound. The bands live show has been increasingly good over the past few months and tonight was no exception.
In addition to the new member, the band unveiled a new song "Muka Laki" which was met with open arms by the audience. To finish off the night, Insomniac took requests from the audience.
As the music slowly dyed out of the air Iím pretty sure almost everyone on the room felt a little better about how they has spent their Friday night.
- Subterranean Culture
DESPITE IT ALL
Tyler Hentschelís Insomniac Folklore is an creative acoustic solo project from Roseburg, Oregon. For the last three years, Tyler has been steadily building a strong reputation throughout the northwest. "Despite It All" is his first release.
Upon opening the disc, I discovered a disclaimer stating this CD had been recorded over the process of three years in his bedroom on a four track so I was a little worried at what the over all quality be. Needless to say, I proceeded some with caution.
DESPITE IT ALL is somewhat like a scrap book, capturing IF's music at a variety of stages. This disc show's how much Tyler has grown not just as a producer but as an artist as well. The songs recorded a few years ago sound like a bad demo recorded in a bedroom. While the newer tracks such as I Want To Know, Vapor (the Lego Song), and Senior Trip showcase just how much potential this disc packs.
Songs like Terrified display Tylerís lyrical wit, "Well I just might tell you, I lost my vigor in a fight. But the truth may be I lost the fight in my vigor."
Tyler plays a strong and creative version of indie acoustic music sure to find a home with fans of such artists as Simon and Garfunkle, The Violent Femmes, or Beck.
On this disc you won't find the production perfectly executed by any means but you will not be disappointed. Insomniac Folklore is an artist on the way up. I greatly look forward his next release and the growth it brings.
- Rock 4 Reason
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