Posted by: Necci – Sep 11, 2012
There's a lot of great indie rock music being made in this city these days, as I'm sure you all know. One of the best parts about having so many excellent bands operating within the RVA corporate limits, though, is the exposure it gets us to amazing music from elsewhere in the country, and indeed the world. Case in point: The Devil Whale, a Salt Lake City quartet led by singer-songwriter Brinton Jones, is bringing their soulful brand of alternative rock n' roll to Richmond this Thursday at the Camel, and we are all more fortunate for it. Touring behind their most recent full-length, Teeth, The Devil Whale translate that album's high-quality production into the live environment with aplomb, delivering complex, mult-faceted, but always catchy tunes highlighted by Jones's memorable voice, which hits the sweet spot between the sincerity of Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and the virtuosity of the late, great Jeff Buckley. The Devil Whale have a lot to offer to RVA indie rock fans, and any who aren't at the Camel to experience their live performance will be kicking themselves.
And of course, if that's not enough of an inducement to bring you out of hiding, we've got some homegrown RVA rock n' roll greatness on tap as well--those geniuses of the riff, The Trillions, are also on the bill. Their Tritones LP is still gaining appreciative notices even now, months after its release, and the virtuoso performances delivered on a regular basis around town this summer by the shred-tastic four are winning plenty of local music fans over as well. Catch The Trillions live, and find out what everyone's talking about. Black Brothers, an up-and-coming local group headed up by brothers Justin and Parker Black (hence the name) and occasionally featuring trumpet by Compass Rose Orchestra's Lucas Fritz, are opening the show, and will no doubt provide yet more proof that Richmond's music scene is crammed full of talent. And of course The Camel's friendly staff, excellent food, and wide selection of great beer on tap will be waiting for you like it always is. Why would you be anywhere else on a Thursday night?
By Andrew Necci; poster by Josiah Marroquin