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Fort Wilson Riot @ The Triple Rock

May 25, 2014

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The Triple Rock on Saturday night felt more like a friend’s place than a concert venue, making Fort Wilson Riot’s album release party feel like an actual party. DJ Mini Blanco warmed up the room with a clever set of early 2000s hits scattered among more recent releases. The above-pictured C. Kostra, giving off a super hip high school English teacher vibe, took the stage next with many gadgets. Layering heavily distorted vocals with danceable beats, he got much of the audience on their feet. Next to perform was La Liberte, local group consisting of Maggie Morrison, Ben Clark and Cecil Otter. The different musical backgrounds of the band members made for an intriguing mix of styles. The best description of their sound I can come up with is experimental, soulful, electronic pop. Morrison’s powerful voice somehow reminded me of Blondie and it was spectacular.

FORT WILSON RIOT

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Amy Hager and Jacob Mullis of Fort Wilson Riot were now hanging strings of lights (the warm and cozy non-LED kind) around the stage, and turning on lamps with frilly, old-fashioned shades. Hager made sure everyone’s instrument sounded perfect, and they started playing with smiles on their faces. It was the most pleasant, comforting atmosphere of any show, ever. Also I’m 95% sure their moms were in the audience. The band’s new album, Trilliun, is packed with groovy, R&B influenced beats and summery vibes. Oh, and lots of horns. Their smooth sounds felt effortless, but the amount of talent in that band is incredible. The audience was absolutely transfixed, and for once I wasn’t one of three people dancing. Beachy song “Nothing Changes,” and soulful “Yes Indeed,” encouraged extra swaying among the dancers in the crowd. Fort Wilson Riot’s impressively diverse new album lent itself wonderfully to a live performance, leaving no room for disappointment.

Karlijn Holzenthal

Fort Wilson Riot Photo by Nate Ryan