Photos: The Hiya Dunes & Great Caesar @ The Space. Hamden CT. 5/14/12
SUNY Purchase all stars The Hiya Dunes played a show last night at The Space along with Great Caesar and recent Frenchkiss Records signees Races. With their frenetic take on reverb-heavy beach rock, The Hiya Dunes earnestly and playfully beckoned the summer weather. Their music sounds like it was meant to be heard on analog tape, so I think it was appropriate that I purchased a casette tape of their new album High Tide. You can download the album for whatever you want to pay over at their bandcamp page.
Afterwards, Great Caesar took the stage with an impressive lineup bolstered by an additional trumpet player. They blew me away the last time I saw them at Quinnipiac’s Festapalooza, and I was even more impressed with their performance last night. The smaller, tighter atmosphere of The Space brought out a more manic energy in them, and their sweaty, emotive rock sound resonated throughout the relatively small crowd. Nevertheless, this band’s music is so loud, brash, and melodically inspired that I have no doubt that it would sound great filling a giant stadium. Their new material sounded excellent, and older tracks like their epic storytelling opener “6:37E, The Tale of Buck Byron” were great as well. Check them out on bandcamp.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to catch Races’ headlining set, but their Frenchkiss debut Year Of The Witch is worth checking out. Listen to it on their bandcamp page.