Danava, Thrones | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Sat., Nov. 5, 7 p.m. 2011
Price: free with RSVP to rsvp@emptybottle.com
This blurb took me longer than usual to write, because I kept getting the urge to go back to YouTube and watch more Uriah Heep videos. Portland's Danava take their appreciation of 70s progressive hard rock to such an extreme that even their promo photos have that soft-edged, washed-out quality you find in back issues of Creem boxed up in a basement. Their third full-length, Hemisphere of Shadows (Kemado), took three years to make, and I'm willing to bet most of that time went into getting its analog-style sound just right (and making sure it was less murky than on previous releases). That's because the music itself hardly sounds like the product of obsessive, perfectionist labor—it feels spontaneous and natural, fluid and passionate, animated by a sort of blissful sincerity. I think Gregory Meleney's keyboards and synths are the secret weapon; that's probably the hardest element to really nail, and it's so on-point on Hemisphere of Shadows that even though I only own this record digitally I keep expecting bits of 35-year-old weed to fall out of the crease in the gatefold sleeve. —Monica Kendrick Thrones open.

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