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Live Review: The Lonely Forest, Now, Now and BellaMaine at The Crocodile

Amber Zbitnoff / May 6, 2013
The Lonely Forest at The Crocodile  By Amber Zbitnoff
The Lonely Forest at The Crocodile, All Photos By Amber Zbitnoff

While The Crocodile intentionally threw Prom twice this past weekend, it may not have planned on hosting a Homecoming Saturday night. Yet that is exactly what The Lonely Forest’s show was: the highly spirited indie rockers celebrated the end of their Spring tour with an exuberant crowd of family, friends, and fans. And what would Homecoming be without a stunning gold lamé dress? (More on that below.)

The Lonely Forest at The Crocodile  By Amber Zbitnoff
The Lonely Forest at The Crocodile, Photo By Amber Zbitnoff

The Anacortes band, made up of members John Van Deusen (vocals, guitar), Tony Ruland (guitar), Eric Sturgeon (bass), and Braydn Krueger (drums), seemed to have a bottomless supply of energy. Most of the stage was left clear for their collective feverish movements and not even their guitar cords could restrain them from climbing half way out into the audience on a tiny bar rail.

The sold-out crowd fed off of the rising vocals, swimming guitars, relentless drums, and giant smiles, singing along loudly to favorites like “Turn Off This Song and Go Outside” and “We Sing In Time”. With a new release on the horizon the four some played a big chunk of new material: “Fire Breather” was a stand out new tune which could be due to the fact that John said it was a nod to George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, also known as “Game of Thrones” for fans of HBO series.

The Lonely Forest at The Crocodile  By Amber Zbitnoff
The Lonely Forest at The Crocodile By Amber Zbitnoff

Because the night felt like one giant endorphin filled group hug a list of the feel good vibes begged to be created.

Six Endearing Moments from The Lonely Forest Show at The Crocodile:

    1. When John became a wingman and notified all the ladies in the audience that Kevin, a sound tech, was in town one night only and was a “really nice guy”… *hint hint*.
    2. When John suffered from a serious case of the “sniffles” mid “Two Pink Pills” causing a brief intermission in which Tony helped him blow his nose.
    3. When Tony alarmed The Emergency Meow machine (sounds of a cat crying over and over again) during a cord change, which the band has to ease their cat-separation anxiety while on tour.
    4. When John led the crowd in singing Happy Birthday to a fan named Andrea after exclaiming “I almost forgot!” revealing that fans are high priority.
    5. When Cacie from Now, Now came out on stage and gave John a beautiful make over, complete with eye shadow and lipstick. “I don’t even know what that is,” John laughed as she brushed on mascara. (Check out photos of the shenanigans below.)
    6. When Tony reappeared on stage for the encore in a strapless gold lamé dress (most likely left over from Allen Stone’s Prom from the night before) and rocked it like nobody’s business. He didn’t even seem thrown off his game when he suffered from a few “wardrobe malfunctions.”
The Lonely Forest at The Crocodile  By Amber Zbitnoff
The Lonely Forest at The Crocodile By Amber Zbitnoff
Now, Now at The Crocodile  By Amber Zbitnoff
Now, Now at The Crocodile By Amber Zbitnoff

Trans- Records should win a ‘Perfect Tour Match Award’ for putting label mates Now, Now on this delightful bill. Cacie Dalager’s captivating vocals mixed with Jess Abbott’s controlling bass lines and Brad Hale’s steady drumming coaxed hearts wide open with songs like “Prehistoric” and “But I Do”. Though the trio resides in Minneapolis they weren’t strangers to the Seattle crowd which became apparent as a dozen affectionate “I love you!”s were belted out during their set. The Lonely Forest showed their own love by coming out on stage for an end of the tour hug fest, which had Cacie fighting back tears. These sweethearts released Threads last year, and I for one am hoping that they will roll through town on their own headlining tour soon.

Now, Now at The Crocodile  By Amber Zbitnoff
Now, Now at The Crocodile, Photo By Amber Zbitnoff
BellaMaine at The Crocodile  By Amber Zbitnoff
BellaMaine at The Crocodile By Amber Zbitnoff

Fellow Anacortes locals BellaMaine kicked off the night with their synth pop rock goodness. Imagine are sitting in your kitchen at dawn, watching the sky slowly fade from black to grey blue with a fresh cup of coffee in your hand – that is how a majority of their set made me feel. The powerful vocal exchanges between the husband and wife duo Nick and Julianne Thompson pull you in and give you hope for better days on songs such as “Don’t Be Far Away”. Jordan Nielsen (bass, synths) and Gaelan Sylvia (drums) round out the band providing a warm musical landscape perfect for the summer days ahead. Be sure to catch this KEXP championed band when they play this July at Capitol Hill Block Party.

BellaMaine at The Crocodile  By Amber Zbitnoff
BellaMaine at The Crocodile, Photo By Amber Zbitnoff

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