The Buddha Den

Everything you wanted to know about the Dayton music scene and more but were afraid to ask

Monday, December 10, 2007

It's How They Show It....

...while they've been around for a couple of years now, Towhee continues to travel on the fringes of the Dayton music scene. They're subtle and subdued indie pop flavors set them apart from the more muscular offerings of the Gem City, but certainly do little to diminish the quality of the band's compositions.

On their debut disc, Streetlights (which was self-released earlier this year) Towhee draws heavily from the requisite Northwest pool of influences that include Modest Mouse, The Shins, and Death Cab for Cutie. However, the group seems to put their own distinct spin on the indie rock model du jour. Indeed, guitarist/vocalist Brandon Clark wears his Ben Gibbard proudly on his sleeve, but the addition and juxtaposition of occasional female vocals, courtesy of bassist Sarah Cooney, and Clark's distinctive lyrical imagery imbue the band's sound with it's own characteristics that place them outside of mere replication.

With understated shoegaze guitar flavors running through the material as well, Towhee's ability to produce dreamy indie-pop gems in this town add yet another interesting flavor to the city's eclectic blend of sonics...

...for the initiated, Towhee will be at Nite Owl this Saturday, December 15, along with all-female quartet Vanity Theft, Come On Caboose, and Orange Willard.

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