Seacats, Candysound, Specters, Young Splendor, Dec.1 at make.shift

The evening at Make.Shift began with the youthful sound of Young Splendor, a three-piece indie rock band currently based out of Portland and Tacoma with roots in Mount Vernon and Idaho Falls. On this night the idea of being “fashionably late” did not seem to apply as there was already a decent sized crowd at the beginning of the first performance.

Featured that night was Seacats, or rather Seacat Josh Davis accompanied by Specters’ Stephen Steen and Sterling Laws.  It was a successful night of improvisation. Davis played a few songs with Steen and Laws, a few solos, and one that nobody saw coming: the audience was left in a slightly confused suspense until they began with the unmistakable line, “any way the wind blows”… their rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody was the highlight of the night. The electronic backing morphed through an array of styles ranging from 8-bit chip tunes to something you might hear blaring from a low-rider. It was welcomed with more than enthusiasm from the crowd which vivaciously sang and danced along.

Specters followed Seacats with a performance that was, as always, spirited and engaging. Specters have been fairly busy the past few months appearing on bills on what seems to be a weekly basis. They are quickly becoming known for their power-pop tunes that draw influence from a combination of 90s slacker rock and new wave. They played a new song that left me, and I’m sure the rest of the audience, eager to hear what they might have in store for the future.

Candysound played their second show after adding Nikko Van Wyck (formerly of Cat From Hue). It has been great to see Candysound grow and evolve over the past few years. They started out as a duo consisting of Tom and Teo, and since adding a couple more members, their raw poppy style has transformed into a more full and intricate sound. Make.Shift was filled with great music and energy from a band that is able to change without compromising quality.

This show exemplified what makes the Bellingham music scene so great: the audience was supportive of local artists and welcoming to the talent that comes in from out of town, the bands interacted with each other, and there were friendly vibes all around making for an enjoyable and laid-back night.