To see Telekinesis and both Throw Me the Statue in one night is to observe two entirely different but equally successful pop formulas. Michael Lerner, the creative brains behind Seattle's Telekinesis, writes pitch-perfect pop songs. "Look to the East" has swirling guitars and drums that keep a steady beat and both instruments fall away right before the chorus, giving the lyrics space to show off. "When you talk I cannot see/everything that's in front of me/all I know what I don't know/And I don't want to let you go," Lerner sings. Fellow Seattlites TMTS, however, turn the pop-song concept on its head. Primary songwriter Scott Reitherman uses spastic sounding instrumentals the drum beats sometimes sound like castanets laid over a tinkling and ringing triangle and hand claps to create completely infectious music. It's layered with near-poetic lyrics: "Strange nights locked inside/I was waiting for a road ahead/I was lying in my Western bed." The result is music that keeps you dancing, even if you can't figure out why. Photo courtesy Jenny Jimenez.
Fri., April 17, 8 p.m., 2009