Dreamy post-rock was the theme of the show on Wednesday, September 25th, when Chelsea Wolfe, with True Widow opening, played at Urban Lounge. The house was pretty well packed to the doors for both bands by the time the first set started around 9:15 p.m.
True Widow was supporting their third album, Circumambulation, which they call equal parts drone, post-rock and shoegaze, and their earlier albums were not available at the event, although there were T-shirts available. Nicole Estill's vocals on Trollstigen were almost mesmerizing, with the heavy echo and moderate to lento drumbeat and guitars along with her bass. Some of the songs were instrumental only. It was a flavor of music that one could easily become immersed in, like swimming in the warm waters off Maui, Many of the audience were dancing in place (no room to move around!) The guitar and vocals by D. H. Phillips were also well received, backed by the insistent beat of drummer Slim TX.
The main act, Chelsea Wolfe, came on stage around 10:30. Her sizeable band comprising Ben Chisholm, synth/bass, guitarist Kevin Dockter, drummer Dylan Fujioka, violinist Andrea Calderon, Ezra Buchla, viola, and Patrick Shiroishi on wind instruments was quite hard to fit on the stage. Chelsea was out front and center on the portion of the stage that juts out into the floor. Urban Lounge's somewhat dim lighting lent an ethereal atmosphere to the music. Chelsea's featured album Pain is Beauty as well as two earlier albums and numerous t-shirts were available at her merch stand. Her stunning vocals on We Hit a Wall left no doubt that she was the star of this show.
The final encores were lit by flashing strobe lights that highlighted the backdrop curtains and ensured that the large and delighted crowd knew the show was really over. All in all, a memorable experience.