I had been trying to get to see Night Argent in concert for close to five years and you would think, since they are based in Washington, that I would have caught them at some point. Nope. It was either a miscommunication, just a little to far to travel mid-week or conflicting plans. Finally, after years of trying, I finally had the opportunity to catch the Pasco boys in at the High Dive in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood.
Back five years ago, they had a slightly longer moniker and were known as Goodnight Argent, but their sound was a brand of alternative anthem rock that was just getting started and their cover of Imagine Dragons‘s “Radioactive” displayed their undeniable talent. Seriously though, it is worth checking out (aww, heck, I will save you the trouble…HERE).
Jess and I decided to make an evening of the concert, so we headed down to Fremont pretty early to get some dinner and catch the Sounders and Huskies game. Dinner was at the Red Star Taco Bar just a couple of doors down from the High Dive and it is great, quick and the service is fantastic. And if you are going to the High Dive, you can actually order Red Star’s food in the bar too, but in this particular case, the High Dive was closed to set up the show. Anyhow, once the venue opened, we grabbed the back booth, ordered a drink and had about an hour and a half to kill. Luckily the games were still on at the High Dive, so we were entertained by that and the bands doing last minute soundchecks. The Sounders game did not quite go as planned, but the Huskies did route Colorado.
So after a little wait, we were treated to our first of four Washington State-based bands for the evening. Moments, hailing from Seattle, have an interesting blend of indie and post-emo rock that is filled with hard-hitting guitar riffs. In addition bassist/lead vocalist Ryan Bisson had an interesting and unique voice that is perfectly suited for
their style of music. The Seattle quartet, that also includes guitarists Jeremey Silva and Joe Bosslet and drummer Dwayne Scott, have found an interesting niche that channels a touch of Jimmy Eat World and a bit of Death Cab for Cutie, but still find a way to be different. Moments put on a great show that was energetic and lively.
Next up was Cityscapes. In terms of being consistent, the band which is a 6-member ensemble, had a little bit of a squeeze on the small stage at High Dive. Port Orchard-based, the Cityscapes got up and going without hesitation. They are a bit of a three-headed monster in terms of vocalists which includes 17-yr old Bre Huie, vocalists/guitarists Matt Merker and Zander Grey, and to round out the band, Sam Grader rocks the keys and horns, while bassist Tristan Gerbing and drummer Jason Beohme handle the rhythm and beats. Their sound is a blend of progressive, indie and pop without being completely unapproachable. And because they have three different vocalist that can combine in different ways, their style is never stagnant. I had one problem and that was the music was too loud and at times completely buried their vocals. Really though, Cityscapes have a wonderful, unique take on music that is refreshing.
After Cityscapes broke down their stage, another Seattle-based band, Life As Cinema, graced the stage with their brilliant brand of indie rock. Even while being down their lead guitarist Brett Durnell, who happened to be camping in Yellowstone National Park, the band decided to give it a go. Their rhythm guitarist, Brendan Gaylord, took over the lead and vocalist Tyler Haggett took on the rhythm parts. Along with drummer Marvin Kunkel and bassist Alan Gephart, the boys from Seattle put on a hard-charging, high energy show that would make any rocker proud. The musical layers and depth, even being a man short, was stellar. Honestly, had Haggett not mentioned that they were missing their guitarist, those that had never heard Life As Cinema before would never have guessed. I love a good rock show and Life As Cinema put on a great one.
Night Argent has been one of those bands that has been on my bucket list for a while. I had a couple of previous chances to catch a show, but something always came up. I was not going to miss it this time. While waiting for the set to start, I had a chance to meet with Stephanie Maksimow of Catalyst PR. What a cool person who basically knows everyone and took the time to
introduce me to some of the musicians and artists. And without Stephanie this article would not have been possible, so thanks again!
The main act was up. I thoroughly enjoy listening to a percussion intro and Night Argent played us in with a killer full-band drumming exhibition. How does that not just set the mood? The boys from Pasco, WA were amazing. They were balanced, high energy, and musically spot on. Their alt-rock style is like a blend of Coldplay and Imagine Dragons. Vocalist Chase Manhattan was on fire and drummer Zac Burrell, bassist Evan Taylor and keyboardist Shane Santanna were nothing short of spectacular. Playing a mixture of songs from their self-titled EP and The Fear EP, the guys just did not stop. And mid-set their cover of Phil Collins’s “In The Air Tonight” was better than the original. While, I had to wait nearly five years to see Night Argent in concert, it was absolutely worth the wait!