Concert Review: Navajo

The Griffin, Dec. 4

Navajo performs at The Griffin, Dec. 4, 2013. | Photo by Myron Hensel

Navajo performs at The Griffin, Dec. 4, 2013. | Photo by Myron Hensel

Local band Navajo turned in a notable alternative to much of the rodeo celebrations happening in town. With a style reminiscent of prog-jammy-electronic-non-pop the likes of Radiohead and Lapalux, they performed an eight-song set of originals written over the year and a half since the band has emerged.

After some microphone issues, singer-guitarist Phillip Seaton sang the audience through moody stories of love gone bad and life gone south with a falsetto vocal delivery that often hit the notes. Guitarist Michael Romano used his instrument in unconventional ways, at one point laying it on the floor and plucking it like a Japanese koto. Drummer Justin Truitt banged along, at times wildly in the vein of Ginger Baker, at others precisely a la Stuart Copelend. Keyboard player Brandon King rounded out all the lower tone registers and provided spacey fluidity to the sometimes-choppy melodies. Their song “ Crawling” is the one that sounds most like a potential breakout number, but it’s still refreshing to see somebody being brave and different in the local music scene. ★★★☆☆

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