Trapped in the office park

Night Rally at Great Scott, 06-18-05.

Drummer Luke sez, "You sho' you want to keep that mullet, Farhad?"

Strange as it may've seemed that Cambridge's Night Rally were scheduled to play an all-ages outdoor show outside Flat Top Johnny’s, our Green Cab driver sure heard the noise from Broadway and kindly told us to be careful at "the rock concert" before he let us off. And so when we got to said "concert" a little after 8:30, the Inman Square indie boys were playing in a roped-off area of 60 or 70 skinny kids while a beer cart hawked Schlitz cans for $2.75-a-pop. (Turns out, when singer/guitarist Devin King isn't busy pissing blood, he's working at this Kendall Square pool hall and that's how this thing got booked.)

The sound at outdoor shows can be dicey, but King's distinctive mist of Rickenbacker drops bounced around the enclosed walls like weightless billiard balls in some science-class vector demonstration or some other MIT-flavored simile that means the show sounded good. After playing songs from last year's self-released EP The Elegant Look of New, the Santa Fe transplants segued into an unreleased track about Gibby or Kibby (blame the Schlitz), a mutual childhood-friend whose relative had been killed by a monster(!?!). Then came Triptych, three conceptually-threaded songs on their Honeypump Records split LP with Clickers (downloadable here; vinyl on sale here) that Ebrahimi and King introduced as a response to R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet.” Thanks for the un-shouted-out shout-out, dudes.

Also on the Rallying tip: before Ebrahimi was in Night Rally, he was "Yak," half the socially-conscious hip-hop duo Jonny 5 and Yak. Apparently, the pair released one "rap concept album" called Onomatopoeia that's available to download here. According to Farhad, "Headz N Da Sand" is "a Halloween-themed criticism of n00b hip hop fans, complete with drums sampled from u2, vocal pitch shifting, theremin, and a verse in Japanese." Huzzah!

LISTEN: Night Rally, "Good Morning You're Listening to Jazz" (a/k/a "Chapter one")
LISTEN: Jonny 5 and Yak, "Headz N Da Sand" (mp3 via Flobots site)
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