Vampire Hands debut new tunes at the Hexagon
Photos by Warren Wills
The large, friendly crowd of the Hexagon wasn't treated to exactly what they had come to see, but indeed got more than they expected. With a big local headliner like Vampire Hands to draw a crowd, the opening acts (Dreamland Faces and Pennyroyal) seized the opportunity available to them, calling the event Rocktopus, while the aforementioned headliner got a chance to test out some news songs just ahead of opening for Tapes 'n Tapes Sunday night.
Upon arriving at the Hexagon, it was readily apparent that this would not be an average night around these parts. Everywhere you looked there were film projectors being set up with short films, silent pictures, scientific documentaries and more. Four projectors in all were a centerpiece in the performance put on by Dreamland Faces, a local band that specializes in providing soundtrack scores to silent pictures, specifically forThe Trylon Microcinema
. It felt like a trip back to the simpler, more Victorian sounding era of the 1920's and those silent films that relied on live accompaniment for it's aural expressiveness. Tonight they were a three piece including saw, accordion and banjo instruments, all of which created a melancholy and quiet unease that permeated the room throughout the set.
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