The Grazing Patterns of Pegasus Dream by Inlander The glug of gas station wine, the hum of synths and the incipient buzz of big things on the horizon ...People like to talk about “intimate” concert venues. There’s nothing more intimate than...
The Grazing Patterns of Pegasus Dream by Inlander The glug of gas station wine, the hum of synths and the incipient buzz of big things on the horizon ...
People like to talk about “intimate” concert venues. There’s nothing more intimate than looking at fridge pictures of your favorite band — because you’re standing in their kitchen.
March 7 brought a pretty rare phenomenon to the Spokane music scene: a true house show, complete with “go around back” Sharpee signs, furniture pushed into corners, and the feeling that you’re back in high school and someone’s parents are in Cabo.
The billing included some pretty serious bands: Brooklyn’s Japanther, Utah’s Lexi Sayok, and Pegasus Dream, the electronic, psychedelic, Of Montreal-ish Spokane duo of Andy Carlson and JT Lindsey who hosted the show at their north-side “Pegasus Mansion.”
Their house show also brought some pretty serious cautionary signs, hung all over the house: “Stay out of this room” and “Wash your own dishes,” to name a couple. The latter actually became necessary, because one clear advantage of a house show was the ability to openly carry a jug of gas station wine in one hand and a coffee mug in the other. Pretty sure Pegasus Dream ended up scrubbing some of those mugs — a small price to pay for building a loyal community around your fledgling band.
And that’s just what they’ve done. Pegasus Dream is in a middle stage of forming a solid local following, and it isn’t just because of the silly unicorn T-shirts, though they help. They aren’t afraid to be “experimental” — they’ll drop beats that sound like Nintendo games from before they were born — but they don’t take “experimental” as a license to be artsy but boring. A given track might employ a ringtone-esque electronic effect, but it will also include a hook you’ll be humming later on the way to your car.
The Pegasus Mansion was informal and inviting, heightening the pleasant surprise of the actual music. The venue wasn’t polished, but the performances were. The stage lights brought a key addition, turning a stage-less, rental-house living room into a glow box of color. The bands blasted through the sound system, but also laughed with friends and fans throughout the night, between the intermittent sets. It felt as warm and fuzzy as the unicorn blankets Pegasus displays on almost every wall. It was, yes, organic.
Of course, the flaky factor can run dangerously high at a house show — if a touring act gets the sense it’s just someone’s birthday party, they might not make the stop. Japanther agreed to play as part of their tour, but didn’t show from Portland due to an alleged “inability to make it over the pass.”
Dubious at best, but no one seemed to miss them. Jerry Joiner, an experimental solo artist up from WSU, opened the show by looping keyboard, electric guitar and drums into patterns that built in energy and complexity. It was his first show ever. He killed it.
Justin Pinter, a Pegasus Dream fan who has known its members since sixth grade, appreciates the one-stop shopping of house shows: from pre-func to after party, all without transit. “It’s just more social,” he says. “The bands are able to interact with fans before, during and after the show.”
Word of mouth (probably word of text-messaging) helped the house show gain momentum. For the remainder of the night, Pegasus Dream and Lexi Sayok brought the goods as hordes more people flocked in through the back door, wandered into off-limits bedrooms, and undoubtedly failed to wash their own dishes.
Pegasus Dream’s next house show is Friday, May 15, at 8 pm at the Pegasus Mansion (118 E. Baldwin Ave.) with Cyrus Fell Down and Girlfriends. They’ll also play the Corsair release party with Girlfriends and Please Draw in Me at Mootsy’s on Friday, May 8, at 10 pm.