Since 2009’s release of Dia, Damon McMahon aka Amen Dunes has possessed the intense interest/rabid devotion of a special group of psych nerds. Utterly hypnotized by McMahon’s snake charmer ambience, those people have latched on to Amen Dunes’ first proper follow up as one of the best albums of 2011 and have dragged a few new advocates in with them. Through Donkey Jaw came out on Sacred Bones last year and has received a hefty collection of accolades from the music press for his successful resurrection of the constant golden saturation that made The Velvet Underground great stirred into his drugged out lyrical drink. On Wednesday, the band played to a modestly populated Chop Suey, but triumphantly transfixed each audience member.
They were supported by three local acts that had very little to do with them at all besides the fact that they were all solid and dismally lit by the stage lights. While & Yet and Sebastians of Bremen shared the proclivity for micro orchestral driven pop with introverted existential musings spilling out of the talented song writers of each band, The Wayfinders were a well done David Bowie Ziggy-era homage. After the 70s guitar licks, lyrical hooks, and the singer’s blonde shag and bellbottoms, this was most apparent due to the Bowie best of album playing over the sound system prior to their set.