Saturday night's shindig was my first showgoing experience at 2020 Cycle, and I have nothing but good things to say about the space. 2020 Cycle is, as you may know, a bike shop by day, but they have shows on occasion, and I think the place serves well as a venue, with bikes on the walls and helmets hanging from the ceilings. It's the kind of cozy, intimate space where you can feel comfortable stashing your coat for the duration without worrying about it getting stolen. It also helps that most of the folks in the crowd know each other. This particular affair took place in celebration of Shenandoah Davis' adorable new music video for "we; camera", which you can watch here. The video was directed by Clyde Petersen, and Britta Johnson, who has also lent her skills to videos for artists such as Mirah, helped with the cute little fabric (at least I THINK it's fabric) birds.
Katharine Hepburn's Voice, aka KHV, opened-- they're a catchy little synth-pop outfit of drums, bass, keyboard and quirky lyrics. I found them quite charming, and fun to dance to. But what was really astounding about the whole evening was how quiet the whole room became as soon as Shenandoah started playing. She sings like a bird, and her piano playing is like a sort of whimsical, melancholy saloon piano. Less jangle, more trill. Your Heart Breaks, Clyde Petersen's band, closed out the evening. And while the songs were sweet, I was ultimately more enamoured with Clyde's stage banter; the best story was one in which Clyde took on some jerkoff at a show who'd been calling that evening's burlesque performers "bitches" and generally acting like an enormous dildo. When Clyde took a stand, dude became irate and informed Clyde, who rocks a shaggy haircut and big Buddy Holly glasses, that he was not going to be told what to do (and I quote), "by a NERD!" Oh, Chuckles, don't you know that nerds always get the last laugh?